Labor Department Issues Guidelines on Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Federal Contract Workers

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 21, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Labor has finalized a federal rule making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ workers. Earlier this year, the President issued the executive order on nondiscrimination protections and tasked the Labor Department with releasing guidelines on its implementation.

“This is yet another step forward by the federal government to eliminate discrimination against LGBTQ workers. It’s great news for the millions of hardworking LGBTQ families across the country who work for federal contractors and who simply want to make a living and provide for their loved ones, without the specter of being fired.

“We thank U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Patricia Shiu for working to implement EO 13672. We also thank the President for his continued leadership in securing full freedom and justice for all LGBTQ people and their families.”

— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force


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