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WASHINGTON D.C. (WDRB) -- Nevada Senator Harry Reid addressed the U.S. Senate floor Wednesday about the Employment Non-Dicrimination Act.
Part of Reid's remarks addressed the case of former police officer Kile Nave, who says he was fired from the Audubon Park Police Department after he says he experienced three years of harassment relating to his sexual orientation.
Nave says he was called derogatory names by fellow officers. Nave says he was fired last year after speaking out about the harassment.
Reid also discussed Speaker John Boehner's stance on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senator Reid said, "I was surprised to read yesterday that Speaker John Boehner opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because he believes it will result in frivolous lawsuits. Coming from the man whose caucus spent $3 million in taxpayer dollars defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage law in court, that's rich."
Reid said he believes there's a need for a federal law protecting all Americans from discrimination. He said, "If there was one federal law protecting all Americans from discrimination, instead of a patchwork of ineffective and inefficient state and local laws, it would be simpler and less confusing for businesses and employees alike."
Senator Reid also said, "Every employee deserves to be judged on the quality of his or her work instead of on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every American deserves that right and that protection. And every employee deserves to be judged on the quality of his or her work instead of on their sexual orientation or gender identity."