U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and various Connecticut gay rights advocates are trying to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to take up a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays.
The Democrat has scheduled a news conference on Friday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to call on Boehner to allow a vote in the House of Representatives.
The Senate on Thursday passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, would bar employers with 15 or more workers form using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis for making employment decisions, including hiring and firing.
Connecticut is one of 21 states that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Blumenthal contends a comprehensive federal law is needed.
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