Equality for LGBTQ in the workplace
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As social workers, we believe everybody deserves to feel safe not only in their workplace, but in every area of their lives. The Equality Act provides explicit anti-discrimination protections by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and multiple employment laws with on the federal level. The results would include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. By signing this petition, you give your support to the LGBTQ community and show that there is a need to reintroduce this bill.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, "Our nation’s civil rights laws protect people on the basis of race, color, national origin, and in most cases, sex, disability, and religion. But federal law does not provide consistent non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The need for these protections is clear—nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ Americans report having experienced discrimination in their personal lives. Everyone should have a fair chance to earn a living and provide a home for their families without fear of harassment or discrimination."
"The bipartisan Equality Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and in the Senate by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on July 23, 2015. The bill was introduced with more than 200 original cosponsors—the most congressional support that any piece of pro-LGBTQ legislation has received upon introduction—but was not voted on in the 114th Congress.The Equality Act has not yet been reintroduced in the 115th Congress."
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