Barack Obama

President to Sign ENDA Executive Order for Federal Workers

President Obama has announced an executive order to forbid LGBT job discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. The order is similar to the proposed bill Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would do the same for all LGBT employees in the United States. Although 90 percent of the nation’s voters think that federal law protects LGBT workers from discrimination, 29 states still offer no employment protections for sexual orientation. Thirty-two states have no protection for gender identity. The president’s executive ENDA would protect up to 16 million workers, one-fifth of the country’s labor force. He had delayed this order, hoping that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) would bring ENDA to a vote, but Boehner has refused to do this. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does prohibit sex discrimination, including sex stereotyping, and legal analysts claim that LGBT discrimination is actually a form of sex discrimination.

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