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President Obama Signs E.O. Expanding LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

2014-07-22

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibits discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) employees and potential hires by the federal government or federal contractors.  The E.O. applies to contractors or subcontractors who do over $10,000 in federal government business in one year by amending Executive Order 11246. 

The Secretary of Labor has been directed to prepare implementing regulations within 90 days (or by October 19, 2014).  While the Order is effective immediately, the obligations set forth in the Order will apply to contracts entered into on or after the effective date described in the regulations.  Once in effect, probably in early 2015, federal contractors will be required to maintain a policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity with respect to employees and job applicants. 

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