Wisconsin residents who are a part of the LBGT community may no longer have to worry about discrimination in the workplace in the near future. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate by a 64 to 32 vote on Nov. 7. If the bill were to become law, it would provide the same employee discrimination protections that workers already have against gender, age, racial and religious discrimination.
While this is a huge step forward in eliminating workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, for the act to become law, it still needs to pass in the House. There is a large amount of opposition to overcome for this to happen. In spite of the uphill battle ENDA faces in the House, the President has already signaled that he would sign the bill if it were to pass.
It is not uncommon for individuals who are being discriminated against in the workplace to fear losing their job if they speak out. However, it is important to note that it is against the law in many cases for employers to act against employees who file these complaints. An attorney may be able to help someone who is being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace by ensuring their employer does not retaliate against them as well by gathering evidence to support their claim.
Source: CNN, "Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill", Leigh Ann Caldwell, November 08, 2013