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Obama Signs Executive Order Creating Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

Published by on July 21, 2014

Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order barring the federal government and its contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. The executive order, which creates transgender protections for Federal Workers, amends Executive Order 11246, passed in 1965, to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination by […]

Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order barring the federal government and its contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees.

The executive order, which creates transgender protections for Federal Workers, amends Executive Order 11246, passed in 1965, to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination by federal contractors. Every federal contract will now contain a non-discrimination clause that protects LGBT workers.  The Executive Order will go into effect early next year.

As part of his “pen and phone” effort to take matters into his own hands, the President already this year has raised the minimum wage for low-wage workers, and implemented compensation requirements the White House says will reduce pay disparity by gender at the federal level.

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