Quick Results
Publications

President Obama Signs Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Equality

Diversity Matters Newsletter
Share

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama approved and signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government (1969), and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity (1965), already protected federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation. The amendments put into action July 21 will formally protect workers from discrimination based on gender identity as well. The Order went into effect immediately after signing.

While signing the new Order, President Obama further vowed his commitment to LGBT equality, asserting "we have an obligation to make sure the country we love remains a place where, no matter who you love, you can make it."

Barry Curtiss-Lusher and Abraham Foxman, national chair and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, voiced their support of Obama's actions in a public statement on July 21, saying, "For nearly 50 years it has been illegal for federal contractors to discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This action by President Obama continues his historic leadership in promoting LGBT rights and equality and moves our nation closer to full equality in the workplace."

Email Disclaimer

NOTICE: The mailing of this email is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Anything that you send to anyone at our Firm will not be confidential or privileged unless we have agreed to represent you. If you send this email, you confirm that you have read and understand this notice.
Cancel Accept