Gay rights activists are claiming inaction by Obama’s decision not to sign an executive order which would ban workplace discrimination of gay, lesbian and transgender federal contractors. Gay activists believe the move was politically calculated. The proposed Executive Order would have prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. President Lyndon Johnson first signed an Executive Order in 1965 which banned federal contractors from discrimination based on race, religion and gender. This would have been an expansion of that Executive Order. Full article
Currently, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not itself is not yet protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but this law does makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Additionally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.
The lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, located in Nassau County, New York, have fought against all forms of discrimination for over two decades with much success. If you have been a victim of discrimination because of your age, gender, race, or sexual orientation, contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658 or 516-873-9550.