LGBT Workers Receive Discrimination Protections in the Workplace

05/14/2015 // Keller Grover LLP // (press release)

Washington, D.C.—An executive order by the Obama Administration is finally extending workplace discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) employees by prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against them because of their relationships or how they identify themselves. The bill took effect on April 8, 2015, reports San Francisco employment lawyer Eric Grover of the Keller Grover law firm.

Under the executive order, which is the first expansion since 1974, any company awarded a federal contract—whether directly or indirectly—is prohibited from discriminating against LGBT employees in their hiring, firing, pay, promotion and other employment practices, the Department of Labor reported.

Prior to the executive order, discrimination laws only covered discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability and status as a protected veteran.

“This is a great day for the LGBT community now that there are greater assurances that everyone will be treated fairly and equally in the workplace, as this was a long time coming. One report even suggested that most Americans believe LGBT employees should have discrimination rights in the workplace (” says Grover. “No employee should be subjected to discrimination because of who they chose to love or what they do in their personal lives; they should only be judged on their job performance.”

The employment attorneys at Keller Grover LLP have been helping victims of workplace discrimination fight for their rights since 2005. To learn more about employment laws and whether you’ve been a victim contact, Keller Grover at 888.601.6939.

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