Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Employment Non-Discrimination Act unlikely to pass House

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The Senate passed a bill Thursday to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, marking a historic victory for the gay-rights movement even as it seems unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled House.

Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Thursday afternoon came 20 years after it was first went to the floor for a vote. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in passing the bill in the upper chamber, for a final vote of 64-32.

House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his opposition to the measure earlier this week, making it unlikely the bill will see a floor vote, let alone pass, in the lower chamber.

President Barack Obama pressed the House to take up the legislation.

“One party in one house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do. Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination in the workplace, not enable it,” he said in a statement. “I urge the House Republican leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and send it to my desk so I can sign it into law.”

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paulejb
paulejb

Way to go Dems! No one can accuse you of not looking out for your trial lawyer pals. Ambulance chasers and slip & fall lawyers will be grateful.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Very murky law in my opinion.  I deplore bigoted discrimination in any form, but there must be a way to establish a work place anti-discrimination law that covers all bases.  I would support the law (assuming there existed  a productive and useful House which passed it, although we know we have a destructive and useless House) just in defiance of religious and right wing umbrage and bigotry.   

wdfc
wdfc

At least these "feel-only good BS" are a positive step.   So. DON"T ruin a positive step ( in other words, take at least one step forward), you a--h---, backwards-minded republicans.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

If it would actually do any good, I'd be all for it.  But these "anti-discrimination" laws are only feel-good BS that accomplish nothing.

Take age discrimination laws.  They're ALREADY on the books.  Can anyone get an age discrimination lawsuit won?  It's next to impossible to prove because the burden of proof is on the accuser.  I know it happens (I spent seven YEARS off and on and at least 140 applications looking for more gainful employment), but being over 45, I wasn't even called for interviews until I removed all dates from my resume.  Workshops told me I have excellent phone technique, present myself well and interview VERY well.  I never applied for a position for which I was not qualified.  Each and every one of those companies hired someone younger.  But because they were not the SAME company, I had no case.  It's systematic, and endemic and laws aren't going to stop it unless the burden of proof is eased (like making the companies pay for discovery up front).

So this is just more feel good BS that's just a political football to make the rightists look bad - and that's as hard to do today as getting people to shoot dead fish on a beach with automatic weapons as part of a Texas gun show.

I'd rather they pass a budget for the first time in four years, instead.  That would help everyone instead of just giving false hope of anything remotely resembling fairness in a job market that is dominated by overly polarized politics and discrimination.  LGBT rights?  Good luck, folks.  Businesses don't give a damn about people over 45 and openly discriminate against them when there's already a law against THAT.  The House sure as hell isn't going to approve it.  What makes you think they're going to bend over backward for you?

Learn to live with disappointment.  That will serve you better than this legislation ever would, even if it was made into law.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@paulejb People don't get sued when they do the RIGHT thing.  Lawyers are for when they go out of the way to be stupid.

jason024
jason024

@paulejb Maybe now your GOP Handler will allow you to work from the office instead of your mom's basement. Too bad the House will never take action.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@formerlyjames How about one that doesn't allow bosses at any level to force their ideas, of any kind,  on the people who are not directly related?  There is no reason why Hobby Lobby employees shouldn't have full medical coverage because their business owner hates people who don't have his religious belief or maybe no religion at all.  It is, in fact, the actions of companies tying how they run their companies to THEIR idea of religion that is causing young people to walk away from organized religion (along with some really off the wall fundamentalist pseudo-theology).

It used to be that teacher contracts wouldn't allow a single teacher to be out after 8 pm, couldn't have alcohol of any kind, made them come in 2 hours early to start the fire, "suggested" that the teacher attend the church that the superintendent attended, volunteer for church activities that were at the same church, etc.

sacredh
sacredh

@shepherdwong, a very bold thing to say on a thread about gay-rights. My pants off to you.