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President Obama to Sign Executive Order Barring LGBT Discrimination

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order barring government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according news reports issued on Monday, June 16, 2014. The order would build upon existing protections, which generally prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race,…

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California Law Protects Victims of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

It is a common misconception that sexual harassment in the workplace only occurs between men and women. In California, same-sex and opposite-sex sexual harassment are equally prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code §12940 et seq. A recent case, Lewis v. City of Benicia, illustrates this point. The employee, Brian Lewis, was…

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Victory for LGBT Workers as U.S. Senate Passes Federal Ban on Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

In a victory for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) workers, the U.S. Senate approved a bill on Thursday which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) would prohibit employers from firing, discriminating against, or refusing to hire employees or job applicants on the basis of…