DeSaulnier non-discrimination resolution passes
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate this week stood up for equal rights by passing a resolution calling for Congress to pass and the president to sign the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009.
Senate Resolution 27 by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, supports a federal act that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
“The Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is about fairness in the workplace,” DeSaulnier said after the resolution passed Thursday. “Sexual orientation and gender identity shouldn’t factor into a job evaluation any more than race or military service.”
Federal law already protects people from discrimination due to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, military service and genetic information.
While California law protects against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, 19 other states have no employment protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees.
SR 27 is sponsored by Equality California and co-authored by the Chair of the Legislative LGBT Caucus Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
Read the resolution: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sr_27_bill_20090818_introduced.html