Presidential executive order solidifies rights for LGBT individuals

Covers discrimination of LGBT individuals in federal jobs

On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at protecting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals from discrimination in the workplace. The order applies to federal employers and contractors, but employers that receive federal funding are taking a close look at the order to determine if it applies to them. 

This order, explains Denise M. Visconti, office managing shareholder at Littler Mendelson  P.C., solidifies trends that have been evident in the courts. “Case law is moving in the direction of greater protection under Title VII,” she says, “extending federal law to cover discrimination of LGBT.”

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Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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