A familiar face is back on the legislative block. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is once again making its way through the House of Representatives. This time, though, the bipartisan support for the law is greater than before. When it was last introduced in 2007, it passed the house after being watered-down and then stalled in the Senate.
The Act, as currently written, would prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the workplace. It does not go so far as to require companies to extend employee benefits to partners of employees, and military and religious exemptions are present.
Stay tuned--we surely haven't heard the last on this one.