ADL Welcomes Virginia State Senate's Passing of Non-discrimination Bill

Jan 29, 2013, 10:45 ET from Anti-Defamation League

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed last week's Virginia Senate approval for a bill that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees.

The bill, SB 701, co-sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin and Senator A. Donald McEachin, "assures state employees that they will be judged solely on their merits and that discrimination has no place in Virginia."

"Employment decisions should be made based on merit, performance, and abilities – and never on the basis of an individual's race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity," said David C. Friedman, the Anti-Defamation League's D.C. Regional Director.  "The passing of SB 701 extends essential workplace protections to members of our society who continue to face prejudice.  The bill sends an important and welcome message that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated in Virginia's workplaces."

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SOURCE Anti-Defamation League