The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on legislation that would expand protections for LGBT people in housing.
Senate Democrats have been pressing Republicans to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act, a bill that would ensure that LGBT workers get paid the same as straight employees.
But if they succeed, they’d also need to pass a bill to ensure that the Fair Employment Opportunity Act (FEAA) applies to housing.
If the Senate passes the FEAA, LGBT people would have the same protections as straight workers, the Fair Work Commission would be abolished, and federal contractors could no longer discriminate against LGBT people.
The FEAA would not affect any employment contract between the employer and employee, but would still provide LGBT people with protections under federal law.