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There is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

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Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Protect Trans Workers

August 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Following an announcement from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez in June that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would be updating its nondiscrimination guidance, DOL on August 19 issued that guidance to explicitly classify discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status as sex discrimination.

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

July 21, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

President Obama today signed an executive order barring discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors, a move signaled by the White House more than one month ago.

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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Extend FMLA Protections to Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

June 20, 2014 - Posted by Quaila Hugh

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced a proposed rule extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to all employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of whether their home state recognizes the marriage. This rule would support the implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor v. United States decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) almost one year ago.

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Obama To Issue Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

June 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The White House on Monday announced that President Obama will sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination from federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Senate Passes LGBT Worker Protections

November 7, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today, voting 64-32 to prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT employees nationwide.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Reintroduced in the 113th Congress

April 25, 2013 - Posted by Gabriella Ramel

With no federal law currently protecting  individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, civil rights advocates applauded today the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress.

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Advocates Emphasize the Need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

June 14, 2012 - Posted by Rachel Barr

Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans occurs throughout the United States, according to testimony given at a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on  “Equality at Work: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

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Remembering the Legacy of LGBT Leader Frank Kameny

October 12, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his sleep yesterday, on National Coming Out Day. He was 86.

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Officially Ends Today

September 20, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" takes effect and gay and lesbian Americans can now serve openly in the United States military.

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Federal Court Orders Government to Stop Enforcing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

July 7, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Yesterday, a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the military to immediately cease enforcing "don't ask don't tell."

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