Business groups urge Congress to combat LGBTQ discrimination in workplace

Business groups urge Congress to combat LGBTQ discrimination in workplace

Business groups are urging Congress to pass the Equality Act, a piece of federal legislation to ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals.

A total of 44 business groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Association, sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday advocating for “efforts to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.”

“We believe an appropriately-tailored federal standard would complement our members’ ongoing work to promote equal opportunity in the workplace,” the letter reads. “A clear federal standard would better enable individuals to succeed based on their abilities and qualifications to perform a job.”

Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak MORE (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrat releasing book on Trump admin's treatment of migrants at border Sunday shows - Amash, immigration dominate Merkley on delaying endorsement: 'We have a different set of cards this time' MORE (D-Ore.) will introduce the bill in their respective chambers later on Wednesday, with more than 230 representatives and 46 senators expected to co-sponsor the measure. The bill also has 161 corporate supporters including Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to CNBC.

The Equality Act expands the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The bill was previously introduced in 2015 and 2017, but never made it out of committee in the Republican-controlled Congress.

The bill is expected to easily pass the Democratic-controlled House but faces hurdles in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Equality Act Trades Letter 3-13-2019 by blc88 on Scribd