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.
“President Obama has provided years of underwhelming leadership in the fight against LGBT workplace discrimination,” Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work says. Criticism comes hours before a Monday evening Senate vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — and following Obama’s blog post pushing passage of the bill.
“[W]hat good are benefits for your same-sex spouse if you risk being fired for disclosing your sexual orientation in order to access them?”
“Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up,” transgender advocate Mara Keisling says.
“We’re prepared to take this case all the way to trial in Illinois state court to hold Exxon accountable for breaking the law,” Freedom to Work president Tico Almeida says.
After a woman heckled Michelle Obama about LGBT job discrimination Tuesday, advocates hope to keep pushing the issue. Here’s what you need to know about the overlapping efforts that aim to bar anti-LGBT job bias.
Although marriage equality advocates have found recent success, anti-LGBT job bias measures have been stalled in Congress and at the White House.