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ENDA 2011 Bill

ENDA 2011 Bill

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TH
CONGRESS1
ST
S
ESSION
 
S. 811
To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientationor gender identity.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
 A 
PRIL
13, 2011Mr. M
ERKLEY 
(for himself, Mr. K 
IRK 
, Mr. H
 ARKIN
, and Ms. C
OLLINS
) intro-duced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Com-mittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
A BILL
To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexualorientation or gender identity.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Employment Non-Dis-
4
crimination Act of 2011’’.
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SEC. 2. PURPOSES.
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The purposes of this Act are—
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(1) to address the history and widespread pat-
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tern of discrimination on the basis of sexual orienta-
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S 811 IS
tion or gender identity by private sector employers
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and local, State, and Federal government employers;
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(2) to provide a comprehensive Federal prohibi-
3
tion of employment discrimination on the basis of 
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sexual orientation or gender identity, including 
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meaningful and effective remedies for any such dis-
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crimination; and
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(3) to invoke congressional powers, including 
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the powers to enforce the 14th Amendment to the
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Constitution, and to regulate interstate commerce
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and provide for the general welfare pursuant to sec-
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tion 8 of article I of the Constitution, in order to
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prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of 
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sexual orientation or gender identity.
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SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
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(a) I
N
G
ENERAL
.—In this Act:
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(1) C
OMMISSION
.—The term ‘‘Commission’’
17
means the Equal Employment Opportunity Commis-
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sion.
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(2) C
OVERED ENTITY 
.—The term ‘‘covered en-
20
tity’’ means an employer, employment agency, labor
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organization, or joint labor-management committee.
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(3) E
MPLOYEE
.—
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(A) I
N GENERAL
.—The term ‘‘employee’’
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means—
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S 811 IS
(i) an employee as defined in section
1
701(f) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42
2
U.S.C. 2000e(f));
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(ii) a State employee to which section
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302(a)(1) of the Government Employee
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Rights Act of 1991 (42 U.S.C. 2000e–
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16b(a)(1)) applies;
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(iii) a covered employee, as defined in
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section 101 of the Congressional Account-
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ability Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1301) or sec-
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tion 411(c) of title 3, United States Code;
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or
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(iv) an employee or applicant to which
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section 717(a) of the Civil Rights Act of 
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1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e–16(a)) applies.
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(B) E
 XCEPTION
.—The provisions of this
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 Act that apply to an employee or individual
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shall not apply to a volunteer who receives no
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compensation.
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(4) E
MPLOYER
.—The term ‘‘employer’’
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means—
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(A) a person engaged in an industry affect-
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ing commerce (as defined in section 701(h) of 
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the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.
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2000e(h)) who has 15 or more employees (as
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