​Senate Passes Employment Nondiscrimination Act, But Bill Faces Opposition in House

On November 7, 2013, the Senate passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) in a bipartisan vote of 64 to 32. ENDA would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide. Currently, 21 states prohibit this type of discrimination.

ENDA was modeled after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It would apply to employers with 15 or more employees, excluding religious organizations exempt under Title VII.

To become law, ENDA must also pass the House. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has voiced his opposition to the bill, which will make it more difficult for ENDA to come to the House floor for a vote. Boehner’s spokesperson said that the speaker believes that protections for gay, bisexual, and transgender workers exist under other laws and that ENDA would lead to frivolous lawsuits. President Obama spoke in favor of the bill’s passage.

MSEC will track and report on ENDA’s status as further developments arise.