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Titles (2)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Equality Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
05/02/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (8)

Date
06/02/2017Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/02/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (201)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]* 05/02/2017
Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15]* 05/02/2017
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 05/02/2017
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 05/02/2017
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [D-MP-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2]* 05/02/2017
Rep. Taylor, Scott [R-VA-2] 05/26/2017
Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34] 07/27/2017
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 10/11/2017
Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-18] 06/25/2018
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-7] 12/13/2018
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 12/19/2018
Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-15] 12/19/2018

Committees (5)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary05/02/2017 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice06/02/2017 Referred to
House Education and the Workforce05/02/2017 Referred to
House Financial Services05/02/2017 Referred to
House Oversight and Government05/02/2017 Referred to
House Administration05/02/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (1)

There is one summary for H.R.2282. View summaries

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Introduced in House (05/02/2017)

Equality Act

This bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.

The bill defines:

  • "sex" to include a sex stereotype, sexual orientation or gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition;
  • "sexual orientation" as homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality; and
  • "gender identity" as gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or characteristics, regardless of the individual's designated sex at birth.

The bill expands the categories of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide:

  • exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays;
  • goods, services, or programs, including a store, a shopping center, an online retailer or service provider, a salon, a bank, a gas station, a food bank, a service or care center, a shelter, a travel agency, a funeral parlor, or a health care, accounting, or legal service; or
  • transportation services.

The bill prohibits "establishment" from being construed to be limited to a physical facility or place.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) may bring a civil action if it receives a complaint from an individual who claims to be:

  • denied equal utilization of a public facility owned, operated, or managed by a state (other than public schools or colleges) on account of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity; or
  • denied admission to, or not permitted to continue attending, a public college by reason of sexual orientation or gender identity, thereby expanding DOJ's existing authority to bring such actions for complaints based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The bill revises public school desegregation standards to provide for the assignment of students without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill prohibits programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from denying benefits to, or discriminating against, persons based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The bill prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, subject to the same exceptions and conditions that currently apply to unlawful employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Employers must recognize individuals in accordance with their gender identity if sex is a bona fide occupational qualification that is reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular business or enterprise.

The bill provides government employees with protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

DOJ may intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Protections against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin shall include protections against discrimination based on: (1) an association with another person who is a member of such a protected class; or (2) a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, that an individual is a member of such a protected class. The bill prohibits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 from providing a claim, defense, or basis for challenging such protections.

The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.

The bill amends Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and jury selection standards to add sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected against discrimination under such laws.