New York, New York (PRWEB) November 12, 2013
Civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman joins gay rights advocates in applauding the Senate for approving legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The historic bipartisan, 64-32 vote was taken on Thursday, November 7. The District of Columbia, New York, and 21 other states already have legislation in place that prohibits employment discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender workers, said The Boston Globe(11.7.13).
“It’s time to secure employment protection for all. The Declaration of Independence states that all people are created equal,” said Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer with over 30 years of experience in New York.
Fifty-four Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Arizona's John McCain and Orrin Hatch of Utah, voted in favor of the bill. Both these senators had voted against anti-discrimination legislation in 1996, The Boston Globe said.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA, H.R. 1755; S. 815) is the first major gay rights bill in three years. In 2010, Congress repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military, reported The Boston Globe.
If it becomes law, the bill would prohibit employers, employment agencies, and labor unions from using sexual orientation and/or gender identity as the basis for decisions regarding employment, compensation, or promotion. Religious institutions and the military would be exempted from the law.
Perecman understands that other supporters of ENDA are President Obama, most Democratic legislators, several Republicans, and a number of Fortune 500 companies.
“Considering the remarkable contributions of many gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to the companies they work for, it makes the best business sense not to discriminate,” said Perecman.
Current federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. However, federal law does not prevent employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, bisexual or transgender. New York has laws banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The time for this bill to pass is now,” said Perecman.
The Boston Globe article cited is “ Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination.'”
Lawsuits concerning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity have been filed against a number of companies. Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including racial profiling and hate crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."