In 29 states, it's still completely legal to be fired for being lesbian, gay and bisexual, and 33 states lack laws banning discrimination for transgendered individuals.
But by issuing an executive order, President Obama could make employment discrimination a thing of the past for all federal contractors – a full 20% of the American workforce, expanding workplace protections to more than 16 million people.
This is a critical step forward to a day when every American, regardless of employer, will be protected against discrimination under the law.
President Obama can issue the order barring LGBT discrimination by federal contractors now but he needs to hear from you. Send a letter now.
Stop LGBT discrimination by federal contractors
Dear President Obama,
I'm writing to ask that you issue an executive order to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. While legislating the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would protect all Americans, you are in a position in the meantime to protect millions of American workers immediately by including sexual orientation and gender identity alongside long-standing anti-discrimination protections.
Currently, in 29 states, it's legal to be fired or not be hired because an employee is gay or lesbian, and 33 states lack laws banning discrimination based on gender identity.Simply issuing an executive order that includes sexual orientation and gender identity protections would extend equal workplace rights to more than 16 million workers, ensuring no federal contractor joins the ranks of the unemployed just because of who they are.
By expanding protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors, you would be helping to ensure that all Americans get an equal opportunity to succeed and that federal taxpayer dollars are used to support companies with the best employment practices.Please issue an Executive Order to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors today.
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