The pursuit of justice has not always been easy or popular, but AFGE stands true to a basic tenet of fairness: an employee or job applicant should be judged by his or her ability to perform the job. In this light, AFGE strongly opposes employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Right now, it is not a statutory civil rights violation to fire a hard-working, dedicated federal employee simply because that worker is not heterosexual – and that is wrong. Although this protection has been applied administratively to federal employees for three decades, the most recent Special Counsel systematically denied federal workers a process to remedy discrimination based on sexual orientation demonstrating the need for statutory protections. On November 7, 2007, by a vote of 235-184, the House passed ENDA, marking the first time Congress has approved employment protections based on sexual orientation. The bill extended federal employment discrimination protections currently provided on race, religion, sex national origin, age and disability to sexual orientation for both public and private workers. AFGE supports ENDA as well as legislation extending benefits to domestic partners of federal employees.
ENDA Provides Basic Legal Protections
What ENDA Does Not Do:
AFGE strongly urges the Senate to pass ENDA and the President to sign the legislation into law.