Published Date: 07/28/2014
By Kaleigh Ferraro
On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bias by federal contractors and subcontractors. This amends Executive Order 11246 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories in addition to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Effective immediately, employees of federal contractors are now protected from discrimination based on these additional protected classifications. Previously, no federal law provided protections to these groups in private organizations although a number of states did. This executive order also amends EO 11478 to include gender identity as a protected category for federal employees.
The Senate has already passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which offers these protections for all employers, but the bill has stalled in the House. The president has made use of his executive power to provide these protections for federal contractors and subcontractors. While many organizations and states had already offered protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, these are now federally protected classifications. Federal contractors and subcontractors should update policies to include these newly-protected groups and ensure non-discrimination during all employment activities.
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