The House of Representatives has passed a sure-to-be vetoed bill outlawing workplace discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is intended to prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in the hiring, promotion and termination processes.
Unless you can read minds, I don’t know how you’d stop someone from discriminating during hiring. Can you really say why they didn’t hire you, unless an employer tells you flat out that he doesn’t like “you people?”
I’ve never gotten a proper promotion, so I can’t say what that process is like.
I have, however, been fired. And when I was, I found out I had to just (in a manner of speaking) suck it up, as state laws permit private companies to fire anyone at any time for any (or no) reason without penalty. So while I laud the House effort, I’d also like to know what law protects my straight-white-male ass from being unjustly fired?
Lest you think I’m leaning consternative with this notion, it was actually that dismissal, in part, which led me to become a card-carrying Democrat. I do believe in equal rights, but for me, too.
ENDA was naturally opposed by many Republicants, whose objections were along the lines of rights of businesses blah blah blah religious exemptions blah blah blah immoral lifestyle choices blah blah blah. No surprises there. And the Homophobe In Chief will certainly pleasure those lawmakers with his veto pen.