Floridians fight for LGBT workplace rights

BY PENNY DICKERSON
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

Nov. 28. 2013

Gay rights took a leap forward when the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The Nov. 7 landmark victory bans workplace discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community who have been on the frontlines of workforce protection for the past 17 years.

Stevie Martin-Chester, left, with his husband, Arthur Martin-Chester, attend a rally in Philadelphia in support of the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling this year.
(STEVEN M. FALK/PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS/MCT)

The bill now goes to the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. If it does pass the House, chances are that President Obama will sign it.

Still, for LGBT Floridians, Senate passage brings optimism that the law will extend their current civil rights and safeguard them from discriminatory employment practices that hinder promotions and sometimes lead to termination.

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