Small Business Survey Gives Insights on ENDA

| By Justin Nelson
NGLCC has partnered with the Small Business Majority in the release of the "Small Businesses Support Workplace Nondiscrimination Policies" opinion poll. The survey confirms that small business owners understand employees must be able to bring their whole selves to work.
It is not only morally wrong to ask the estimated 7.5 million LGBT employees or working adults in this country to simply park a layer of their identity at the door when they come to work; it’s also inefficient.  Small business owners know employee engagement is a quintessential ingredient to a productive workforce and a profitable enterprise. 
Key findings from the survey include the following:
  • 67% of business owners say federal law should prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers and job applicants. 
  • 81% of business owners didn't know it is legal under federal law to fire or refuse to hire someone because they are gay or transgender.
  • 70% of business owners in states without inclusive non-discrimination laws agree their state should have a law prohibiting this type of discrimination.
The survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, questioned more than 1,000 business owners nationwide in April. The survey sample was largely Republican; however, these respondents were reflective of the small business community as politically diverse: 41% of respondents identified as Republican or independent-leaning Republican, 36% as Democrat or independent-leaning Democrat, and 15% as independent.
The most surprising piece of data is the high percentages of business owners who think it’s already illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s a great reminder that the business community already understands the importance of economic liberty: Every individual must have an opportunity to engage in meaningful work and bring ALL of who they are to work. Inhibiting anyone’s ability to fully engage in our economy or within a business team is simply counterproductive. It’s time for our lawmakers to recognize what our business leaders already know.