Congressman Pallone Holds Briefing on LGBT Workplace Discrimination
Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) held a briefing discussion on March 29 on discrimination in the workplace against LGBT employees, urging government action. This briefing was prompted by examples of such discrimination including one example where a former employee at DynCorp, a military contractor profiting from billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, reported that he was a victim of continual anti-gay discrimination and harassment while working at the corporation.
Many large corporations and small businesses have already added sexual orientation and gender identity policies to their non-discrimination statements. Pallone is gathering support for a letter to President Obama calling on him to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from receiving federal funds if they do not have gender identity and sexual discrimination prevention policies in place.
“It is unconscionable that in 2012 LGBT workers have to worry about facing discrimination in their workplace and have no legal remedies,” said Pallone. “No one in this country should be subjected to discrimination and harassment in the workplace and the time for action is long past due.”
Pallone was joined at the discussion by Nan D. Hunter, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Legal Scholarship Director at the Williams Institute, Tico Almeida, Founder and President at Freedom to Work Advocacy Fund, Jeff Krehely, Vice President for LGBT Progress at Center for American Progress, Deborah Vagins, Senior Legislative Counsel at ACLU, and Brian Moulton, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign.
“LGBT employees deserve the same protections in the workplace afforded to other Americans. An executive order requiring federal contractors to have LGBT anti-discrimination policies would go a long way to ensuring equality in the workplace,” he added.