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  Also, it should be noted that even after the executive order is in place it may be rescinded or revoked in the future.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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Employer Tips for Complying with GINA

Since laws prohibiting discrimination based on age, race, and gender receive most of the attention, it is easy to overlook similar laws that prevent discrimination based off genetic information.  The federal law commonly known as “GINA” and its corresponding state laws combine to prohibit employers from using genetic information to make decisions in hiring, firing, promoting, pay, privileges or terms of employment.  Genetic information includes all information relating to genetic tests of the employee and the employee’s family members, as well as information about diseases or disorders in the individual’s family medical history.  An employer can take several precautions to avoid violating these laws, including updating its company’s discrimination policies, examining employment forms for certain prohibited questions, and using cautionary language when talking to employees about their health.

For an expanded article on tips for complying with GINA, please click here.

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