Legal news and tips for employees, by Law Office of Eugene Lee

House Passes Bill Banning Discrimination of Lesbians, Gays, Bis (but not Transgenders)

On November 7, 2007, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA,” H.R. 3685), a federal bill which bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The vote was decisive at 235-184. The bill is backed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, NAACP, ACLU, AFL-CIO, UAW, National Education Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, and Human Rights Campaign, to name a few.

ENDA has angered leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force because it fails to address discrimination based on gender identity/expression (i.e., transgenders, masculine women, and feminine men).

ENDA will need Senate approval before being enacted into law. Twenty states and the District of Columbia already ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Transgender people suffer the highest unemployment rates in the LGBT community.

For more information, go to


Leave a reply

Law Office of Eugene Lee
555 W 5th St, Ste 3100
Los Angeles, CA

Law Office of Eugene Lee
6 Centerpointe Dr, Ste 700
La Palma, CA 90623

T: (213) 992-3299
F: (213) 596-0487

Disclaimer: This website is an advertisement. The information and material contained in this website are for general informational purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be used or relied on as such. Any liability that might arise from any use or reliance on the contents of this site is expressly disclaimed. Your use of such contents does not create an attorney-client relationship – only an express signed agreement can do that. The content of any communication you send to us via the Internet or through e-mail may not be considered confidential. Eugene D. Lee is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and California only.

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. You are free to Share — to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work under the following conditions: 1. Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). 2. Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. 3. No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.