S. 815, Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
September 11, 2013

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on July 10, 2013

S. 815 would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing S. 815 would cost $47 million over the 2014-2018 period mostly for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to handle additional discrimination cases.

The bill could affect direct spending, but we estimate that any such effects would be less than $500,000 annually. Because the legislation would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures would apply. H.R. 815 would not affect revenues.

The bill would impose a number of intergovernmental and private-sector mandates on employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations. CBO estimates that the costs of complying with those mandates would not exceed the annual thresholds specified in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act for intergovernmental or private-sector mandates ($75 million and $150 million in 2013, respectively, adjusted annually for inflation).