HOUSE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON ENDA; FLOOR VOTE EXPECTED SOON
by Patricia A. Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs
The House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on September 5 on “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007” (H.R. 2015). ENDA would address discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote employees simply based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Testifying at the hearing, along with their witness statements, were:
- Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)
- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
- Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
- Michael Carney, Police Officer, Springfield, Massachusetts
- Brooke Waits, Dallas, Texas
- Mark Fahleson, Attorney, Rembolt Ludtke LLP, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Lee Badgett, Research Director, Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- Helen Norton, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder Colorado
- Nancy Kramer, Founder and CEO, Resource Interactive, Columbus, Ohio
- Kelly Baker, Vice President of Diversity, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Larry Lorber, Partner, Proskauer Rose, Washington DC
Experts predict the bill will be voted out of committee soon and sent to the House floor for a vote towards the end of September or early October. Advocates and some lawmakers say they expect the measure will win approval in the House, but will face a tougher time in the Senate.