(Washington D.C.) June 29---- The National Center for Transgender Equality applauds the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as a vital step towards employment equality for all Americans.
NCTE’s Executive Director, Mara Keisling, commented, “Day after day, we hear from transgender people who have lost their jobs for no other reason than plain and simple discrimination. This includes people who have had long and distinguished careers who, after they transition, suddenly find themselves unable to find meaningful work and young transgender people who are unable to get their first job. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be an important step in helping these folks get to work. When asked, Americans are consistently clear on the fact that we believe that people should be judged at work for the quality of their work, not on unrelated factors. This bill would bring the law into line with what Americans already know—prejudice has no place in the American workplace.”
NCTE is calling on its members to be actively involved in the process of passing the bill, including visiting their members of Congress during the summer. The organization has been working for this bill from its inception in 2003.