Earlier this week President Obama issued a statement that he plans to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Such an order would be a significant step in granting necessary protections to lesbian, gay and transgender employee.
Last year the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law banning discrimination based on gender identity passed the Senate. However, it appears to be dead in the House. As a result, President Obama is taking steps to protect the LGBT community via executive order.
If you believe you or someone you love has been discriminated against because they are lesbian, gay or transgender, it is critical you speak to an experienced Georgia employment discrimination lawyer immediately to determine your next steps.
President Obama is using executive orders to implement crucial policy initiatives that have faced gridlock because of partisan politics. Despite the fact “many LGBT workers still remain vulnerable to employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Republicans and Democrats have not been able to reach a deal creating employment protections. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and 18 states in addition to Washington, D.C., explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, according to a report by gay-rights advocates.
For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has faced any form of discrimination, please contact the top Atlanta discrimination attorneys at Buckley & Klein, LLP for an immediate case evaluation.