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President Obama Issues Executive Order Barring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors

On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order that makes it illegal for federal government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive...more

Discrimination Against LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors and Federal Employees Now Prohibited by President Obama’s Amendments...

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama amended two previously issued executive orders to extend protection against workplace discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the...more

Obama Poised to Unilaterally Impose LGBT Workplace Protections

Making good on his pledge to govern by executive order, rather than awaiting congressional legislation, President Obama has announced that he will soon sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against...more

President Obama Plans to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

President Barack Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") employees and job applicants, according to recent...more

Expected Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees has Implications for Employers

The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order prohibiting government contractors from discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of sexual...more

How to Ensure an Inclusive Environment for Student Athletes and Issues of Sexual Identity

Recently, college sophomore Conner Mertens became the first college football player in the United States to publicly come out. Conner is the kicker on the Willamette University football team in Oregon. This unprecedented...more

Evolving Concepts of Discrimination in the Workplace

Shifts in attitudes and changing social mores impact workplace dynamics in ways that are difficult to measure. In some instances, a change in social customs gives rise to the need for new laws, regulations or policies...more

A New Protected Class?: LGBT Workplace Discrimination And The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Of 2013

Congress is currently considering the creation of a new protected class for purposes of workplace discrimination. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would create a new federally-protected class of individuals:...more

LGBT Workplace Legal Developments - Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act – What’s Next?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) passed the United States Senate on November 7, 2013, but is expected to languish and fail in the House. However, even if ENDA fails, this does not mean that employers need not...more

Senate Passes Bill Banning Workplace Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, by a vote of 64 to 32, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers or job applicants based...more

Senate Passes LGBT Workplace Anti-Discrimination Bill

The U.S. Senate passed a bill last week that would provide workplace protections to gays, lesbians and transgender individuals. The so-called “Employment Nondiscrimination Act” passed the Democratic-led chamber on a 64...more

Senate Debates Federal Workplace Protection For LGBT Employees

This week, the U.S. Senate begins debate on whether to enact legislation to federally protect individuals from discrimination in the workplace based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. On November 4, the Senate...more

Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Expanding LGBT Rights

On April 25, 2013, Philadelphia City Council passed the LGBT Equality Bill, Bill No. 130224, which Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law on May 9, 2013. ...more

Philadelphia Increases Employment Protections for LGBT Individuals

New ordinance has a number of provisions that may impact employers doing business in the city. On May 9, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a bill that steps up the city's efforts to become what the...more

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