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ADVISORY: Sen. Jeff Merkley to Discuss America’s Broken Bargain with LGBT Workers
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Sen. Jeff Merkley to Discuss America’s Broken Bargain with LGBT Workers

June 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET

Washington, D.C. — America’s workers spend almost half of their waking adult lives at work. In return, the basic American bargain is that those who work hard can get ahead—no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they look like. On Tuesday, June 4, the Center for American Progress, the Movement Advancement Project, or MAP, and the Human Rights Campaign will host an event examining how America’s basic bargain is broken for LGBT workers.

Instead of prosperity, hard work is often rewarded by on-the-job discrimination, fewer workplace benefits, and higher taxes, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In most parts of the country, an employer may legally fire a worker just because that worker is LGBT.

The event coincides with the release of a report, “A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers,” by a coalition of leading LGBT organizations, policy experts, and business advocates that includes the Center for American Progress, the Movement Advancement Project, and the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with Freedom to Work, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Partnership for Women and Families, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, with a foreword by Small Business Majority. The report examines the myriad injustices facing LGBT workers and offers common-sense policy recommendations that would combat discrimination and thus give all workers—regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity—a greater opportunity to make a living and support their families.

WHO:

Keynote speakers:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Welcoming remarks:

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:

Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director, Movement Advancement Project
Jeff Krehely, Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer, Human Rights Campaign
Mia Macy, discriminated LGBT worker
Sam Hall, discriminated LGBT worker
Bill Hendrix, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies Co-Chair, Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

RSVP to attend this event.

For more information, contact Katie Peters at [email protected] or 202.741.6285.

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