Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Lauds White House Move to Protect Federal Contractor Employees

Jun 16, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper on Monday praised the White House’s announcement that it will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The announcement is a pivotal step toward ending discrimination against LGBT employees and ensuring that they are judged based on the quality of their work.

“Fairness on the job should never be an issue in America,” Cooper said. “Let’s eliminate bigotry and ensure equality for all.”

Cooper proudly joined dozens of lawmakers in signing a March letter that urged President Obama to issue this important rule.

Today’s announcement, when implemented, will only protect employees of federal contractors. Cooper will continue to press for a vote of the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would establish basic protections in the workplace to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA passed the U.S. Senate last year and currently has 205 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

ENDA is modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would apply to private employers as well as local, state, and federal government employers.