BREAKING: Senate committee agrees to hold hearing on ENDA

From The Washington Blade:  http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/05/10/breaking-senate-committee-agrees-to-hold-hearing-on-enda/

By Chris Johnson
May 10, 2012

A Senate committee has agreed to hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act following calls from advocates and senators for lawmakers to hear testimony on LGBT workplace discrimination.

In a statement Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, announced he intends to hold a hearing on ENDA on June 12.

“Every American deserves an equal opportunity to earn a good living, judged by their talent, ability and qualifications free from discrimination,” Harkin said. “Workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity is reprehensible and has no place in our nation.”

Harkin continued, “This upcoming HELP Committee hearing will provide an excellent opportunity to build on the Committee’s previous work and help advance our shared goal of equal rights for all Americans. I am hopeful that working together, we will reach a point where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons enjoy the same rights and protections, and full equality, as all our fellow Americans.”

According to the statement, further details about the hearing will made be public at a later time. Justine Sessions, a HELP committee spokesperson, said she doesn’t have information yet on witnesses.

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