Historic Non-Discrimination Act Reflects Core Value Of Flight Attendant Union

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today enthusiastically supported the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). This bill, passed by the United States Senate, would prohibit an employer from using an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for adverse or different treatment in employment or employment opportunities.

“For nearly 70 years, AFA has had a longstanding commitment to equality regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We are grateful for the Senate’s fearless action in recognizing that the time has come for every American to be free from job discrimination based on irrational fears. ENDA is a momentous piece of legislation that mirrors what AFA works towards every day,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President.

Over the years, AFA has negotiated Flight Attendant contracts that protect LGBTQ members against employment discrimination. Without state and federal protections, these contracts provide legal protections and help ensure LGBTQ workers have a workplace that is free against employment discrimination, harassment and unfair working conditions.

“People who work hard and perform well should not be subject to discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. AFA is proud of our unwavering dedication to equality for all and urges the House of Representatives to pass this bill,” added Shook.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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