As laws change, behavior in the workplace must reflect these changes. Recently, a new federal rule has passed to offer further protections against sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector. If you work for a federal contractor, you may consider contacting a sexual orientation discrimination attorney in L.A. if you feel that your employer is disregarding this new rule, Executive Order 13672.
In early December, 2014, the Labor Department announced that all individuals who work for federal contractors must be protected from discrimination based on either sexual orientation or gender identity. This rule is the result of an anti-discrimination Executive Order issued by President Obama on July 21, 2014. During the announcement, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez explained that no persons should have to risk their job security because of who they love or how they identify themselves.
The new rule will go into effect 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The ruling can then be applied to any instances that happen after that date.
Once the rule was announced, many praised it as long overdue. Patricia A. Shiu, who is responsible for enforcing compliance with the law, explained that the rule builds on the existing work of the government to improve worker opportunities. Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign added that this brings the President’s anti-discrimination law “one step closer to implementation.”
With stronger legislation against discrimination, more and more workers will be protected. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights under this new ruling, contact us at Jackson & Associates.