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Obama will sign order regarding sexual orientation discrimination

The federal government works with many different private companies. An order that President Obama is about to sign will change the way that those companies are allowed to treat their employees. It is going to make discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation illegal in the workplace. This will have an impact on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers. It will also impact companies here in Maryland and all over the United States.

President Obama has been working for some time now to get a law like this passed by Congress, but he has so far been unsuccessful. This executive order will not be a law that forces all companies in the United States to comply, but an order that only impacts contractors that work directly with the government.

Still, it is very similar to the overall law that the administration would eventually like to see on the books. An official said that the goal is simply to ensure that everyone is given the same respect and dignity in the workplace.

Some states have already passed their own laws to this effect. However, there are still a number of states that have not done so. In these states, employers may be able to legally fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

This is very important move by the President in combatting sexual orientation discrimination, because it could pave the way for the laws that he wants to pass at the federal level. It also serves as an example to other states as they draft their own laws. Those who feel they are being discriminated against on these grounds should still consider seeking legal advice to determine what their rights and options are.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination" Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Jun. 16, 2014

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