August 05, 2014 Practice Points

Obama Poised to Sign EO Barring Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against LGBT Applicants

By Nick Drury

The new executive order appends the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing framework prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This measure is seen as a stopgap while the House of Representatives continually refuses to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. While ENDA has passed the Senate, it has since to come to the House floor for a vote.

Keywords: litigation, LGBT, employment discrimination, gay rights, President Obama, ENDA

Nick Drury is with Sandman, Levy and Petrich in Chicago, Illinois.

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