WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2014 – The American Bar Association commends President Obama for signing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The order is a positive step towards full equality under the law in our country and will offer added protection from discrimination to some 14 million federal contract workers whose employers or states currently do not ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The executive order also prohibits discrimination against all federal workers on the basis of gender identity. Previously, federal workers were only protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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