The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, H.R. 3017 / S. 1584
I WANT TO WORK!
Are you or a friend looking for work? Do you only have a part-time or temporary job? Are you afraid of coming out at work and would like to have a job where you don’t have to worry every day about being fired? Are you being harassed at work and wish you had a better job? If so, this important action is for you!!
Because we are in the final push to get ENDA passed in the House of Representatives, we are calling on transpeople to go look for work—at your member of Congress’ office. We need you to demonstrate to Congress that we need jobs and we are determined to get them. Whether you are a carpenter or a physicist, a politician or a factory worker, ask them for a job and for your rights!
We’ve included a sample cover letter to send to your Congressional office that also calls on your member of Congress to support your job search by supporting ENDA. Personalize the cover letter as you see fit, print out a copy of your résumé, and go down to your Representative’s office that is closest to your home and hand it in.
Here are some tips:
- You can find out who your member of Congress is and where their offices are located at http://www.house.gov.
- You can find help on how to write a résumé and other job search tips at:
- Out & Equal’s CareerLink: http://lgbtcareerlink.com/career-boosting-resources
- Out for Work (for LGBT students): http://www.outforwork.org/
- Pride at Work (AFL-CIO): http://www.prideatwork.org/
- Congress is a formal white-collar institution, so put on the best business clothes that you have (for example, a suit, pantsuit or blouse and skirt) so you’ll be taken seriously as a Congressional job applicant
- Print out your cover letter and résumé neatly
- If you absolutely can’t travel to your Representative’s district office, fax or e-mail your information.
Take your letter to your Representative’s office whether or not they support ENDA—the purpose of this action is to demonstrate the need for jobs for transgender and other LGBT people. And, you might get work as well! We hope so.
Please also send a copy to NCTE and we will deliver the resumes and this important message to the White House and your state’s Senators, asking for their active support in putting transgender people back to work.
We need your help NOW to reach every transperson who is unemployed or underemployed and ask them to take action. Will you please help us bring this message home to Congress? We need people in each and every Congressional district in the country to demonstrate the urgency of ENDA for transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
With a trans unemployment rate twice the national average, we need Congress to act now.
And if you have a job, support those in our community who are out of work by calling your member of Congress right now and urging them to support ENDA, HR 3017.
News about ENDA
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced in both houses of Congress as H.R. 3017 in the House and S. 909 in the Senate. Committees in both the House and the Senate have held hearings about the bills. The next action expected on the bill will come from the House Committee on Education & Labor.
Advocates around the country are actively engaged in phone banking, lobbying, and direct action to let members of Congress know how urgent these protections are for transgender people, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. No one deserves to be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It is absolutely the time to contact members of Congress and take action to secure these important rights for transgender people!
Recent news stories about ENDA include:
Bay Windows (May 13): Time Running Out for ENDA
Huffington Post: It's Time to End Discrimination, by the National Stonewall Democrats and the Log Cabin Republicans
GLAAD CALL TO ACTION: Anti-LGBT Washington Times Editorial Board Attacks ENDA, Says “Discrimination Is Necessary”
Lisa Mottet from the Transgender Civil Rights Project: Why We Need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - Roll Call
Over 200 organizations demand immediate action: Pass ENDA now. See the growing list of organizations
What is ENDA?
Key features of the bill include:
- This legislation would address discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote an employee simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. It would reinforce the principle that employment decisions should be based upon a person’s qualifications and job performance.
- ENDA closely follows the model of existing federal civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, ensuring that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are treated in the same way as other groups protected under law – no better, no worse.
Who supports equal employment:
- Most of America’s smartest business minds understand that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity has nothing to do with their job performance. That is why 200 Fortune 500 companies include gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.
- Federal law has also been outpaced by the actions of state and local leaders. Thirty-seven percent of the country, including thirteen states, the District of Columbia and more than 90 cities and counties, have passed protections for the transgender community.
Take Action for ENDA
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (have your zip code handy and they'll help identify your member of Congress).
When you are connected with your Representative's office, give your name and your city and then let them know:
I am calling in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H. R. 3017/S. 1584), which will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from job discrimination. No one deserves to be fired from their job because of who they are. Please vote yes for ENDA.
If you get voicemail instead of a person, feel free to leave a message-the messages are listened to and count just as much as if you reach a staff member. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you've called in the past, no problem ... call again or write or visit.
For extra credit, when you are done, hang up and call the Capitol Switchboard again, let the operator know what state you are calling from, and they will connect you with your Senators.
And please, forward this message to your friends, family members and allies. Spread the word by calling your friends and on Twitter and Facebook.