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ENDA, state by state.

The initial federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (introduced in Congress in April) would make it illegal for employers to engage in discrimination related to sexual orientation or gender expression. A competing bill doesn't include gender expression, leaving transgender workers without protections. While the federal ENDA stumbles to the finish line, some states have boldly taken matters into their own hands. To date:

13 states and Washington, D.C., have ENDAs that protect sexual orientation as well as Lender expression

7 states have ENDAs that protect sexual orientation but not gender expression

30 states have no laws to protect LGBT workers



Vermont has had an ENDA since 1992 but began protecting gender expression only this year.

Florida's legislature has introduced its own ENDA, though a majority of Floridians are already protected by queer-inclusive antidiscrimination laws enacted by municipalities.

Wisconsin was the first state to pass an ENDA, in 1982. Minnesota, in 1993, became the first to have a transgender-inclusive ENDA.

When New York State passed its sexual orientation-only ENDA in 2002, LGBT rights groups hoped to cover transgenders in the near future. Five years later, that has not happened.

* For most states, ENDA is a misnomer, since their antidiscrimination laws cover areas beyond employment, such as housing, credit, and public accommodations.
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Title Annotation:Forward
Author:Garcia, Michelle
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Nov 20, 2007
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