July 22, 2014 •
Presidential Executive Order Prohibits Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against LGBT Employees
On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The order also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.
The White House press release states, “No current federal law adequately protects [LGBT] workers from employment discrimination. … At a critical time for our nation’s economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill, and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination.”
The order amends two prior executive orders from the 1960s, issued by Presidents Johnson and Nixon, prohibiting discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
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