As the White House pushes legislative action, many others are looking for executive action to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors. “It seems like most people can do more than one thing at a time. So, let’s hope he does,” former NAACP chair Julian Bond says.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the department is reviewing whether it will protect transgender employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Still unresolved after nearly two years.
An April 2012 decision of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides protection against anti-transgender employment discrimination, but officials within the Labor Department refuse to say whether they are applying that decision to employees of federal contractors.