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Federal Government Joins Major U.S. Employers in Barring Gender Identity Discrimination

OPM-logoIn a move that puts the country’s largest employer in the mainstream of fair workplace policies, the New York Times reports today that the federal government's job site (www.usajobs.gov) now makes clear the government's policy of non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity.  The change is a follow-up to President Obama's memorandum in June that gave Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry authority to implement the strong non-discrimination policies.

Discrimination has no place in the federal workforce and this common sense measure puts our country’s largest employer in line with other major American businesses.  Already, 207 Fortune 500 companies have policies that ban gender identity discrimination and the number among Fortune 100 companies is 69.  Not only will the federal government improve their ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest, they will serve as an example of creating fair and equitable workplaces. Unfortunately, it still remains legal for other employers to discriminate against transgender workers in 38 states. While OPM’s actions are a positive step for federal transgender workers, Congress must pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and ensure that all LGBT people are protected from job discrimination.

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