Thursday, September 6, 2007

House Committee Hears ENDA Testimony

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The House of Representatives is again ready to consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) (HR 2015), which would add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the already protected categories under Title VII.

Lee Badgett, Research Director for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA, testified yesterday before the House Committee on Education and Labor (Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions). 

Here are some highlights from the William Institute press release:

Badgett summarized findings from a recent Williams Institute study, Bias in the Workplace, which reviews 50 studies over the last decade and demonstrates a disturbing and consistent pattern: sexual orientation-based and gender identity discrimination is a common occurrence in many workplaces across the country.

In her testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor (Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions), Badgett stated that, “Each survey documents numerous experiences of being fired, being denied a job, or some other form of unequal treatment in the workforce that stemmed from these individuals’ sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Badgett’s testimony cited a study showing that LGBT people who work in companies with a nondiscrimination law are more likely to be out with regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Research shows that coming out yields less conflict between work and personal life, greater job satisfaction, more self-esteem, and better physical health.

Here is Lee Badgett's full testimony before the Congressional subcommittee.

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