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House Letter to Obama on Executive Order for LGBT Contractor Employees

House Letter to Obama on Executive Order for LGBT Contractor Employees

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20,2013
President
Barack
Obama
The
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House1600
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DC 20500
Dear
Mr.
President:
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write
to thank
youforyour
continued leadership
on
behalf
of all
lesbian,
gay,
bisexual
and
transgender
(LGBT)
Americans.
We believe that
a
fully
inclusive America
benefits
us
all
and
that sexual
orientation
andgender
identity
should
neverbe
used
to
discriminate
in
employment
practices.
For that
reason, we request
thatyou
make
signing
an
executive order that
wouldprohibit
federal contractors
from discriminatingin
the
worþlace
based
onan
individual's
sexual
orientation
or
gender
identity
an
initialpriority
ofyour
second
term.Our
request begins
with
a
simple
premise.
It
is
unacceptable
that
it
remains legal
to
fire
or
refuse
to hire
someone
based
on his or
her
sexual
orientation
or
gender
identity.
Federal
law
continues
to allow
this
and
discrimination
based
on
sexual
orientation
is legal
in
29
states
and
discrimination
because
of
gender
identity
islegal
in
34 states.
Action
at
the federal level
can
put
a
stop
to
these
unfair
and
discriminatory
workplacepractices
in
every
state.
Last
year,
many
of
us
wrote
toyou,
72
members
of
the
House
of
Representatives
in total,
requesting thatyousign
an
executive order that
would
require any company
seeking
a
federalcontract
to
haveadopted
worþlace
policies
against
discrimination
based
on
sexual
orientation or
gender
identity.
We remain committedto
passage
of
the Employee
Non-Discrimination
Act(ENDA),
which would
ban
employment
discrimination
based
on
an
individual's
sexual
orientation or
gender
identity.
However,you
can
take action today to helpprevent
these
types
of
unfair
laborpractices
and
to
lay the
groundworkfor
passage
of
ENDA.
Executive Order
11246, signed
by President
Lyndon
Johnson
in
1965and subsequentlyamended,
prohibits
federal contractors
fromdiscriminating
against
employees
based
on
race,
color, religion,
sex
or national
origin.
The executive order
gave
millions
important
workplaceprotections
and
to
this
day
continues
to
stand
as
an
importantprotectionthat is enforcedby
the
Office
of
Federal Contract CompliancePrograms
at
the Department
of
Labor.
According to
the
Williams
Institute
at
the
UCLA
School
of Law,
an
executive
order
prohibiting
federalcontractors
from discriminating
based
on
sexual
orientation
andgender
identitywould
protectmore
than
16
million
additional
workers.Even
without
federalaction,many companies
are
acting responsibly
and
instituting
worþlace
policies
that
include
sexual
orientation
andgender
identity.
In
fact, nearly
88
percent
of
Fortune
500
companies
include
sexual
orientation
in
their
worþlace
policies
and
57
percent
include
gender
identity.
Companies
are
taking
this
action
because
they
know
that adopting
these
policies
will
help them attract
the best
talent,
reduce
employee
turnover
and add
to
their bottom
lines.
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Still,
researchhas
shown
that
43percent
ofLGBT
people
and90percent
of
transgender
people
have
experienced
worþlace
discrimination.
This
data
reinforces our
general
premisethatno
American
should
be
subjectto
worþlace
discrimination
because
of
his or
her sexual
orientation
or
gender
identity.
With
a
majorityof
Americanworkers
living
in
states
that
have
not
passed
lawsgranting
LGBT
employeeslegalprotections
from
workplace
discrimination,
an
executiveorder
will
provide
broad
protectionsthat
will
level the
playing field.
We thankyou
for
consideringour
request.
We
also
reafhrm
our commitment
to working
with
you
to
ensure
that
members
of
the
LGBT
community
receive the
same
protections
and
opportunities
as
all
otherAmericans.Thankyou
again
for
your
leadership
on
advancing
LGBT
equality,
and
we
lookforward
to
working
with
you
on
passage
of
ENDA
to
establish
permanent
LGBT
worþlace
protections
for
ourfederal
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