August 18, 2009 – Sen. Mark DeSaulnier introduced a resolution today encouraging Congress to pass and the President to sign the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009.
Senate Resolution 27 is sponsored by Equality California and co-authored by the Chair of the Legislative LGBT Caucus Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
The federal act it supports would prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Sexual orientation and gender identity have nothing to do with someone’s ability to work,” said Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. “Sexual orientation and gender identity are of no more significance than age, color or religion. The only thing that should matter in the workplace is job performance.”
Federal law already protects people from discrimination due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military service or genetic information.
California workplace laws protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Nineteen other states, however, have no employment protections whatsoever for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees.
In addition to Leno, SR 27 has garnered the support of LGBT Caucus member Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego.