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 CicillineOvernight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Pelosi: Congress will block Trump's arms sales to Saudi Arabia MORE (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDemocratic White House hopefuls push to expand health care in US territories Democratic White House hopefuls push to expand health care in US territories Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment 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