President Signs Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

Earlier today President Barack Obama signed an executive order that expands the protections for federal workers and contractors. 

In particular, the order prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

The EEOC has identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) protection as one of its key enforcement priorities in its 2012-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan.  In addition, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced his support at the 2014 Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference for changing Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the current list of prohibited grounds for discrimination.

Check back for more updates on this very hot topic and emerging trend towards the expansion of legal protections for LGBT employees. 

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