Senator Heller, You’ve Got Mail

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(Las Vegas, KXNT) –Thousands of Nevadans are showing their support to end discrimination for the gay and transgender community in the workplace.  The campaign, Americans for Workplace Opportunity, sent 3,500 personalized postcards to Senator Dean Heller urging him to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The bill would provide basic protections against workplace discrimnation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Currently, Nevada has protections for the LGBT community under state law.  However, there are no federal laws with this specific protection.

Latoya Holman, with the Human Rights Campaign, says this bill is long overdue.  “In 29 states, you can be fired for being gay…legally, you can be fired for being gay.  That’s crazy.  In 34 states, you can be fired for being transgender,” stated Holman.

Senate Majority Harry Reid has said he plans to bring ENDA to the floor for a vote before Thanksgiving.  In a statement to KXNT, Sen. Dean Hellers office says, “Senator Heller has been reviewing this legislation carefully, including meeting with Senator Merkley for additional discussion just last week. He will continue to listen to his constituents and converse with his colleagues about this particular bill in days to come.”

The bill could go to the floor as early as next week.

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