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2151330 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-11-07 19:25:38.0 UTC 2013-11-07T14:25:38.000-05:00 true senate-passes-ban-on-gay-bias-in-workplace-nelson-supported-and-rubio published 2013-11-07 20:37:04.0 UTC 2013-11-07T15:37:04.000-05:00 The U.S. Senate just passed, 64-32, a bill that would provide protections for gays against workplace discrimination. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, voted yes. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted no. Rubio's office explained his objection last week to the Buzz. His contention that it could lead to "frivolous" lawsuits is disputed by advocated, who point to a GAO study of states with similar protections that did not reveal a swell of legal action. "I don't think that is a valid criticism," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in an interview. "In addition, when you look at the number of businesses that have voluntarily adopted anti-discrimination policies, they would not be doing so if they felt it opened them up to countless lawsuits." Ten Republicans joined Democrats to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which will likely not get a hearing in the Republican-controlled House. Summary from the AP: Current federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race and national origin. But it doesn't stop an employer from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The bill would bar employers with 15 or more workers from using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisions, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion. It would exempt religious institutions and the military. By voice vote Wednesday, the Senate approved an amendment from Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire that would prevent federal, state and local governments from retaliating against religious groups that are exempt from the law. Alex Leary the-buzz-florida-politics alex-leary, enda, gay, marco-rubio, bill-nelson, workplace, bias Senate passes ban on gay bias in workplace; Nelson supported and Rubio opposed 0 /resources/images/blogs-photo/2013/11/nelsonrubio.jpg /resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/11/nelsonrubio_4col.jpg/resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/11/nelsonrubio_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2013/11/07/1383852609-senate-passes-ban-on-gay-bias-in-workplace-nelson-supported-and- BlogArticle The U.S. Senate just passed, 64-32, a bill that would provide protections for gays against workplace discrimination.alex-leary, enda, gay, marco-rubio, bill-nelson, workplace, biasalex-leary, enda, gay, marco-rubio, bill-nelson, workplace, biasAlex Leary 380991 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 alex-leary published Alex Leary <p>Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. He previously worked in the <i>Times'</i> state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the <i>Valley News</i> in New Hampshire.</p> Times Washington Bureau Chief writers DTI 33745929 Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire. <p>Phone: (202) 306-4807</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:leary@tampabay.com">leary@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics">The Buzz</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/learyreports">@LearyReports</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2016/03/AlexLeary_16859752.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745929-alex-leary AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 2282268 2016-06-19 00:15:56.0 UTC 2 Months Ago bill-nelson-donald-trump-would-be-anchor-on-marco-rubio-senate-campaign the-buzz-florida-politics Bill Nelson: Donald Trump would be anchor on Marco Rubio Senate campaign BlogArticle 2260629 2016-01-09 01:43:41.0 UTC 8 Months Ago who-bill-nelson-and-marco-rubio-are-bringing-to-the-state-of-the-union the-buzz-florida-politics Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio's guests for the State of the Union BlogArticle 2281750 2016-06-15 14:45:48.0 UTC 2 Months Ago marco-rubio-mum-about-his-senate-plans-remains-opposed-to-trumps-muslim-ban the-buzz-florida-politics Marco Rubio mum about his Senate plans; remains opposed to Trump's Muslim ban BlogArticle <p>The U.S. Senate just passed, 64-32, a bill that would provide protections for gays against workplace discrimination.</p> <p>Florida Sen. <b>Bill Nelson</b>, a Democrat, voted yes. Republican Sen. <b>Marco Rubio</b> voted no.</p> <p>Rubio's office explained his objection <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-says-bill-to-provide-workplace-protections-for-gays-could-result-in/2150089">last week to the Buzz</a>. His contention that it could lead to &quot;frivolous&quot; lawsuits is disputed by advocated, who point to a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/656443.pdf">GAO study</a> of states with similar protections that did not reveal a swell of legal action.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I don't think that is a valid criticism,&quot; Sen. <b>Susan Collins</b>, R-Maine, said in an interview. &quot;In addition, when you look at the number of businesses that have voluntarily adopted anti-discrimination policies, they would not be doing so if they felt it opened them up to countless lawsuits.&quot;</p> <p>Ten Republicans joined Democrats to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which will likely not get a hearing in the Republican-controlled House.</p> <p>Summary from the AP:</p> <p>Current federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race and national origin. But it doesn't stop an employer from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.</p> <p>The bill would bar employers with 15 or more workers from using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisions, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion. It would exempt religious institutions and the military.</p> <p>By voice vote Wednesday, the Senate approved an amendment from Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire that would prevent federal, state and local governments from retaliating against religious groups that are exempt from the law.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:54:23