The long-running campaign to secure federal workplace protections for LGBT employees took another step Tuesday when a Senate panel held the first hearing on the Employment Non-discrimination Act in nearly three years.
Almost 90 minutes of proceedings in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee included the first-ever Senate testimony from an openly transgender witness, who joined three other speakers in making a robust case for the legislation as necessary for workers and helpful for business.
“We are talking about a fundamental American value: equal treatment for all,” said Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the committee in his opening remarks. “Decent, hardworking Americans are being hurt by discrimination every day.”
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