President Obama has just signed an executive order making it illegal to
discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees
of federal contractors. The executive order contains two different parts.
First, it provides that it is illegal to fire or harass employees of federal
contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The
order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees
of the federal government. While the executive order only applies to transgender
employees of the federal governments, this affects 24,000 companies employing
nearly one-fifth of the country’s work force.
In a statement, President Obama noted, “America’s federal contracts
should not subsidize discrimination against the American people. I’m
going to do what I can with the authority I have to act.”
If you have suffered any form of employment discrimination, including gender
discrimination, consulting with an experienced
Atlanta employment attorney is crucial to determine your next steps. While the executive order only
applies to federal workers, other avenues of redress may exist. Further,
18 states have state laws making it illegal to fire or harass someone
at work for being LGBT.
Rather than including substantial religious or other exemptions to the
order, President Obama added the sexual orientation and gender identity
to an executive order protecting employees of federal contractors from
discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
For more information or if you have a question concerning the LGBT discrimination,
please contact the experienced
Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.