I started my company, Haid Rentals, here in West Virginia because I wanted to pursue my passion and provide for myself and my loved ones. That's what the American dream is all about.
My business is my livelihood. That's why I feel so strongly about hiring and retaining qualified employees based on their talents and merit - to me that's just good business.
So I was surprised to learn that there's no federal law banning workplace discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would fix that problem.
It would expand existing federal workplace protections for religion, race and disability to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. It would mean hardworking Americans are protected from undue discrimination in the workplace.
We have a real shot at passing ENDA through the Senate this fall, but Sen. Manchin's support is critical to making that happen.
I'm not the only business leader who recognizes the importance of hiring employees based on their talents and merits. Nearly 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have sexual orientation non-discrimination policies; while 57 percent have gender identity non-discrimination policies.
Hundreds of other businesses across the country, large and small, have expressed their support for ENDA.
I'm proud to stand with the majority of West Virginians who support workplace protections. When ENDA comes before the Senate this fall, I hope Sen. Manchin makes the decision that reflects this shared value of voters.
Carol Sue Haid