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ACLU of Utah Thanks Sen. Hatch For Support of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

10 July 2013 Published in Federal Policy Work

The ACLU of Utah wrote to thank Sen. Hatch for his vote in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on July 10 in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

 

The Honorable Orrin Hatch
Federal Building
125 South State Street, Room 8402
Salt Lake City, UT 84138

July 10, 2013

Dear Senator Hatch:

On behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Utah, and our members and activists across the state, we write to thank you for your vote in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on July 10 in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S. 815.  We were thrilled to see that this legislation was adopted in a historic, bipartisan vote.

This critical and long-overdue legislation will allow American workers, including Utahns, who stand side-by-side in the workplace and contribute with equal measure in their jobs, to also stand on the same equal footing under the law.  As you know, this vote is especially important for Utah workers, as no law exists in our state to protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

In 2013 in the United States, it is fundamentally unacceptable that there are individuals who, when they go to work, are forced to deny their families and loved ones and hide who they are for fear of losing their livelihood.  It makes absolutely no sense to add otherwise talented, dedicated workers to the unemployment rolls simply because they have the “wrong” sexual orientation or gender identity.  When it passes ENDA, Congress will help ensure that everyone can enter and succeed in the workplace without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. 

We look forward with hope that this day is fast approaching.  Thank you for what you have done in taking us one very important step closer to achieving the goal of workplaces that are free of discrimination.

Sincerely,

Marina Lowe                                                  John Mejia     

Legislative & Policy Counsel                          Legal Director