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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to finally prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“No one should have to face discrimination in the workplace. That’s why I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation,” said Senator Patty Murray. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will demand employers evaluate the performance of an employee on the basis of their work, not their sexual orientation.”

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 would prohibit employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.  Such protections are already in place prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability.