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Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority Available for Business Community’s Reaction to Senate Passage of ENDA PDF Print E-mail
Nov 07, 2013 at 08:53 PM

Arensmeyer Calls Senate Passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), “Good News for Small Businesses and Workers”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, a national, non-partisan small business organization representing America’s 28 million small businesses, issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage today of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013:

“The Senate’s passage today of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 is good news for small business owners, their workers and the economy. Small employers support policies that maximize their ability to attract and retain quality workers and help them grow their businesses. This legislation would do just that by leveling the playing field for small employers and workers and eliminating inefficiencies and costs that cut into profits and undermine small businesses’ bottom lines.”

According to a national scientific poll released earlier this year by Small Business Majority, small business owners strongly support today’s Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 0f 2013.  In fact, highlights from the national, scientific opinion poll, include:

  • Small business owners strongly favor federal and state laws protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in employment: More than two-thirds of entrepreneurs (67%) believe federal law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people. Seven in 10 owners in states without such policies also agree their state should have a law prohibiting this type of discrimination, and 40% strongly agree.
  • Small businesses strongly believe an employer should not be able to fire or refuse to hire someone who is gay or transgender based on their (the employer's) religious beliefs: A 63% majority believes an employer should not be able to fire or refuse to hire someone who is gay or transgender if working with a gay or transgender employee conflicts with their (the employer’s) religious beliefs. What’s more, 70% believe a business should not be legally allowed to refuse services to some customers but not others based on religious beliefs.
  • The vast majority of small business owners didn't know it is legal under federal and/or state law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay or lesbian: When asked if, to the best of their knowledge, it is legal or illegal under federal law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay or transgender, a striking 81% of small business owners said it is illegal. Merely 9% knew it is legal. In terms of state law, 78% of entrepreneurs were unaware that it is legal in their state to refuse to hire someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Implementing non-discrimination laws that allow employers to treat all people equally regardless of sexual orientation will help small businesses retain more quality employees and free them from extra administrative burdens. We urge the House to build upon today’s Senate vote by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013. It’s the smart and right thing to do for small businesses, their employees and our country,” Arensmeyer concluded.

About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to bring small business voices to the public policy table. Learn more about us on Wikipedia and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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