Effort to Prohibit Discrimination by Federal Contractors Gains National Attention
February 8, 2012 by Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, Administrative Advocacy
In the last couple of days, an important proposal to protect LGBT workers has been featured in a Washington Post editorial as well as a New York Times op-ed from the Williams Institute. Both pieces urge President Obama to issue an executive order that requires federal contractors not discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.
HRC called for such an order in our Blueprint for Positive Change, a series of recommendations to the Obama administration on policy and regulatory changes that would benefit the LGBT community. According to Labor Department statistics, nearly 22 percent of the American work force is employed by a company that does business with the federal government.
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