DOL Guidelines on Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ Federal Contract Workers
Task Force’s Rev. Darlene Nipper “This is huge and its impact will be enormous.”
WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2014 — Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released new guidelines on the implementation of an executive order signed by President Obama, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ employees.
“This is huge and its impact will be enormous. Millions of LGBTQ employees will have the strong protections against discrimination they deserve. It means that families will experience more of the peace-of-mind that economic security brings. We thank President Obama, Labor Secretary Perez, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Shiu for delivering on this promise to LGBTQ employees.
“Today’s guidelines also represent another step forward on the road to a nation free from discrimination. In the 1970s, the Task Force was instrumental in the introduction of the first comprehensive nondiscrimination bill in Congress by the legendary Bella Abzug; we continued to push hard for more protections in the states, through the courts, and through important EEOC rulings; we advocated for executive actions to provide more protections for both federal employees and the employees of federal contractors. We won’t stop until strong federal employment non-discrimination legislation is the law of these entire United States.”
–Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
To learn more about the National LGBTQ Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Media and Public Relations Director