HR News: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

By Adam Robinson,
October 31, 2013

Listen up hiring managers and small business professionals – there’s a new bill in the works that may affect some company’s hiring processes. Known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, the bill would impact employers with 15 or more employees and according to, “prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by covered entities (employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees).” 

But what does that actually mean? Luckily Michael Lotito of TLNT broke it down for those of us…

In his summary, Lotito explains ENDA would make it unlawful for employers to fail to hire or discharge an individual “with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment of the individual, because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Moreover, it would be deemed unlawful to limit, segregate, or classify employees or job applicants “in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment or otherwise adversely affect the status of the individual as an employee, because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Wondering what exactly gender identity is? According to ENDA, it’s defined as “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or wihout regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.’

ENDA has 55 co-sponsers, and at the time of this blog post had only a 14 percent chance of becoming enacted. For the latest information on the bill, visit  

Make sure you’re not asking any illegal interview questions.

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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