Earlier this week President Obama issued a statement that he plans to issue
an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on
the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Such an order would
be a significant step in granting necessary protections to lesbian, gay
and transgender employee.
Last year the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law banning
discrimination based on gender identity passed the Senate. However, it
appears to be dead in the House. As a result, President Obama is taking
steps to protect the LGBT community via executive order.
If you believe you or someone you love has been discriminated against because
they are lesbian, gay or transgender, it is critical you speak to an experienced
Georgia employment discrimination lawyerimmediately to determine your next steps.
President Obama is using executive orders to implement crucial policy
initiatives that have faced gridlock because of partisan politics. Despite
the fact “many LGBT workers still remain vulnerable to employment
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,”
Republicans and Democrats have not been able to reach a deal creating
employment protections. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia
now ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 18 states in addition
to Washington, D.C., explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender
identity, according to a report by gay-rights advocates.
For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has faced
any form of discrimination, please contact the top
Atlanta discrimination attorneys at Buckley & Klein, LLP for an immediate consultation.