No federal law currently protects employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 30 states, it is legal to fire, refuse to hire, demote, or fail to promote an employee based on sexual orientation; in 38 states, it is legal to do so based on gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) (H.R. 1397/S. 811), introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would protect LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination, providing certain exemptions for religious organizations, small businesses and the military. In 1996, ENDA came just one vote shy of passing the Senate.
Judaism teaches that all human beings are created b'tselem elohim – in the Divine image. Genesis 1:27 tells us that “God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created them: male and female, God created them.” The belief that the stamp of the divine is present in all humans is fundamental to Reform Judaism; we cannot tolerate discrimination against any person for any reason.
Urge your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) (H.R. 1397/S. 811). Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121, or send an e-mail by entering your zip code below.