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White House Reaffirms Protections For Federal Contractor LGBTQ Workers


Earlier today, the White House issued a statement announcing that it would continue to enforce President Obama’s 2014 executive order that protects the rights of the LGBTQ community in the federal contractor workplace. While this statement does not break any new legal ground, it is a reminder to all federal contractors that they have an obligation to ensure antidiscrimination measures apply to all workers regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What Does The Statement Say?

The January 31, 2017, White House statement is brief but to the point. After reminding readers that President Trump was the first-ever Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, the statement announces: “The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.”

The statement was issued at a time when rumors were swirling that the White House could take action to reverse the 2014 executive order. Instead, President Trump’s staff reassured LGBTQ workers that the commitment to protect their workplace rights would stay in place, and federal contractor’s obligations would continue unabated.

What Protections Are Already In Place?

President Obama originally signed the federal contractor protections in place in 2014, and our full alert written at the time can be found here. Here is a summary of the key points of the LGBTQ executive order:

If you have any questions about this statement and executive order or how they may affect your business, please contact any member of our Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group or your regular Fisher Phillips attorney.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a White House statement. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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