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The Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 2007

Article summary. A bill introduced in Congress would prohibit covered employers from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of an employee's actual or perceived sexual orientation. The bill contains a broad exemption for religious organizations.

Earlier this year Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 (H.R. 2015) in the House of Representatives. The bill has 170 co-sponsors. If enacted, it would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by employers that are engaged in interstate commerce and have at least 15 employees. The Act does not apply to volunteers who receive no compensation.

The Act exempts "the employment practices of a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society which has as its primary purpose religious ritual or worship ...

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  • November 1, 2007

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