Obama extends LGBT discrimination protections through executive order.
"On July 21st, President Obama signed an executive order (E0) prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) employees by federal contractors. With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act stalled in the House of Representatives, no federal law protects private employees against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The EO does not allow exemptions for religious entities beyond existing exemptions allowing religious organizations to consider an individual's religious beliefs when making certain employment decisions. As might be expected, the EO already has generated opposition from some religious groups. Expect to see more when the proposed implementing regulations are issued in 90 days."
K. Joy Chin, shareholder (Melville, NY), Jackson Lewis P.C