Monday, June 16, 2014

Federal Contractors LGBT Rules


Just in time for LGBT Pride Month President Obama will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is one step closer to passing ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), which would provide our LGBT community federal workplace protections. Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), Co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus issued the following statement on President Obama’s executive order to protect LGBT workers from employment discrimination by federal contractors: “I am pleased to see President Obama take action to ban employment discrimination by federal contractors. This protection for LGBT workers is long overdue. Congress must still act on the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ensure all workers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We need to give LGBT workers a fair shot to get ahead in life by making sure employers cannot fire, harass, deny a raise, or refuse to hire someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Only 21 states have made it illegal to fire or harass someone based on sexual orientation or to deny a raise or refuse to hire on that same basis. Wisconsin has been a leader on this issue becoming the first state to ban public & private sector employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1982." Updates to Come...:)
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