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 CicillineHillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules Judge rules Apple is not 'illegal monopolist' in high-profile Epic case Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent MORE (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDemocrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill Senate backers of new voting rights bill push for swift passage Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise 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.