Executive Order by President Obama Will Bar Federal Contractors From Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order in the next few weeks which will bar federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or their gender identity.   The executive order would apply only to those employers with a contract with the federal government, and not all employers.

The final language of the executive order has not yet been released, so it is unclear what, if any, exceptions to the general rule may be made.  Also, it should be noted that even after the executive order is in place it may be rescinded or revoked in the future.  We will continue to monitor this evolving situation.

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