Stalled federal legislation does not mean you shouldn't protect your company against sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace
Long-pending federal legislation to outlaw workplace bias against gay and transgendered employees may not pass in 2010 – but should it matter to progressive employers?
Congress-watchers say the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) could get through the House this year, but the recent loss by Democrats of a filibuster-proof Senate majority has dimmed prospects there.
Still, there are good reasons for employers to adopt policies discouraging bias against gay or transgendered employees. For one thing, 29 states have laws of this kind. For another, tolerating any type of personal discrimination at work – even if not illegal – sends the wrong signal to employees. Some may feel free to engage in the kind of illegal discrimination that will get your organization in trouble.