LOS ANGELES -- The Williams Institute and the Center for American Progress today published a research brief analyzing the impact of an executive order preventing discrimination against LGBT workers.
LGBT workers continue to face widespread discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, no federal statute explicitly prohibits such discrimination.
Absent federal legislation, President Barack Obama has the legal authority through an executive order to protect employees of federal contractors from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. An executive order would protect an additional 11 million U.S. workers from sexual orientation discrimination, and 16.5 million more would be protected from gender-identity discrimination.
The majority of top 50 federal contractors and Fortune 500 companies have already successfully implemented nondiscrimination policies. 90% (compared to 81% in 2010) of the top 50 federal contractors now include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies, and 67% (compared to 44% in 2010) include gender identity too. Notably, since 2010, the number of top federal contractors providing gender identity protections has increased by 50%.
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