An executive order banning federal contractors from workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers went into effect April 8, 2015.
The order prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in federal employment, and prohibits all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT employees, says an Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) statement.
“Citizens expect contracting professionals to provide these services on a superior scale while serving as responsible business models with respect to 21st century workplace equality,” says OFPP Administrator Anne Rung in the statement.
Though the order acts as a blanket safeguard, of the largest 50 federal contractors, which represent nearly half of all federal contracting dollars, 86 percent already prohibit sexual orientation discrimination and 61 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
Read OFPP’s blog posting at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/08/another-step-toward-more-inclusive-contracting-workforce