Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Obama order protects rights of federally contracted LGBT employees

Obama2A recent study conducted by the Equal Rights Center and Freedom to Work concluded job applicants who so much as hint they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender on their resumes reduce their chances of being called for an interview by as much as 23 percent. Test applicants with nearly identical backgrounds, except a strong work history that identified LGBT volunteerism, applied for the same position. The applicant with the weaker resume was contacted repeatedly for an interview while the LGBT applicant never was contacted and someone else was hired. But there is some relief, at least for those who work for the federal government or its contractors. President Barack Obama in July signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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