Making Sense Of Recent Labor Rules For Gov't Contractors
May 8, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT
Law360, New York (May 8, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT) -- In April, federal contractors were made aware of less-than-consistent messages from the federal government about nondiscrimination programs. On one hand, President Obama declined to require federal contractors to prohibit discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet just two weeks later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that federal law prohibited gender-identity discrimination by almost all employers, including federal contractors.
These developments leave federal contractors’ employees protected from gender-identity discrimination but perhaps not so from sexual-orientation discrimination. But either way, the...