Workplace Protections for All
Equality Arizona is working to ensure the LGBTQ community enjoys the same workplace legal protections as other people. Workplace protections include policies dealing with equal employment opportunities, benefits, non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and many other areas that, due to the patchwork of state and local laws, leave LGBTQ employees unprotected.
Equality Arizona believes that by working with groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and their Corporate Equality Index (CEI), we can help raise awareness across the state about the absence of these policies and protections. We will work with companies too small for the CEI to incorporate similar practices at no or low cost to the employer. Additionally, we will work to see LGBTQ inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances expanded in the cities and towns that don’t currently have them.
For example, in collaboration with the city of Phoenix (2013) and city of Tempe (2014), we have been instrumental in helping to pass anti-discrimination ordinances in both cities. EQ AZ plans to continue this trend by working with other cities to pass similar legislation, specifically amending their discrimination ordinance to include gender identity and sexual orientation as two classes of people that employers are not allowed to discriminate against.
EQ AZ will also continue providing a voice to those impacted by the lack of protections, connecting victims to valuable resources within organizations such as Lambda Legal.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with bipartisan support, but the legislation still needs to pass the U.S. House of Representatives. Passing ENDA would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. Equality Arizona is doing work to build awareness about ENDA so that citizens of Arizona will be protected from discrimination.