In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, he set forth
an agenda promising to make 2014 a year of action. He also expressed his
commitment to civil liberties and civil rights. Included in his goals
was pay equity for women and economic security for families.
One of the changes many advocates seek is passage of the Employment Non
Discrimination Act and Paycheck Fairness Act. Passing these laws would
provide much needed legislative support to female and LGBT workers.
These laws would help all Americans earn the wages they deserve. If you
believe you may have faced discrimination at work, consulting with a dedicated
Atlanta discrimination attorney right away is critical to protect your rights.
EDNA is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that seeks to
end discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation
or gender identity and would make such discrimination illegal.
EDNA would prohibit an employer from refusing to hire, fire, or take any
other adverse action against a worker based on actual or perceived sexual
orientation or gender identity. Similar restrictions also would extend
to employment agencies and labor organizations.
Obama has previously expressed support for ENDA, stating “Workers
should not fear being fired from their jobs, harassed at their workplaces,
or otherwise denied the chance to earn a living for themselves and their
families, simply because of sexual orientation or gender identity…This
legislation would, for the first time in this Nation’s history,
make explicit in Federal law such guarantees, which are consistent with
America’s core values of fairness and equality. Passage of this
bill is long overdue.”
Additionally, the PayCheck Fairness Act seeks to close the gap on male/female
income disparity in the United States. The bill amends the Equal Pay Act
of 1963 and bans retaliation against employees who disclose or inquire
about their wages.
Passing these provisions would create significant – needed –
protections for many workers who still face discrimination and retaliatory
measures if they complain. In fact, research shows that more than half
of American workers are either explicitly prohibited from or strongly
discouraged from talking about their pay with their co-workers. As a result,
in many instances women don’t realize their compensation is less
than men who do the same jobs, making it impossible for them to challenge
Obama has stated that he will issue an executive order increasing the federal
minimum wage. Issuing an executive order promoting these employment laws
would help additional workers protect themselves from discrimination.
For more information about legislative efforts to prevent employment discrimination
or if you believe you have suffered discrimination at work, please contact the top
Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm LLC for an immediate consultation.