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Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage Leaves Many in the LGBT Community Feeling Slighted

February 5th, 2014

As part of his promise to make 2014 a year of change, President Obama recently announced his plans to sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.  The bold move is believed to be part of Obama’s strategy to encourage Congress to raise the minimum wage nationally.  While this is good news for the 22 percent of American workers contracted by the federal government, the action leaves many in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community feeling slighted.

LGBT advocates have spent recent years petitioning President Obama to sign an executive order making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT federal contractors.  Almost half of all gay federal contractors and 90 percent of transgender federal employees claim to be victims of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, yet President Obama refuses to sign an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT workers.  This community has expressed their disappointment and frustration in the President’s decision to rely on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would afford LGBT employees protection from workplace discrimination.

Many LGBT advocates are perplexed by the omission of an executive order that would prohibit employment discrimination against gays and lesbians who work as federal contractors. While the White House claims that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would afford more protection to LGBT workers than the President could offer on his own, many staunch supporters of Obama are discouraged by his failure to be more aggressive with his efforts to get the bill approved.  Some activists believe that Obama’s refusal to sign an executive order may be construed to imply that he is choosing to allow discrimination against the LGBT community to continue.

The Philadelphia Employment Law Firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates Advocate for the Rights of the LGBT Community

The Philadelphia employment law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates represents clients in all areas of employment law, and are staunch advocates for those facing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification.  For nearly three decades, the Philadelphia employment attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have represented clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in some of the most complex employment issues.  Our employment lawyers are committed to representing and protecting the rights of victims of discrimination in the workplace.

If you or someone you know has experienced employment discrimination at work, contact the Philadelphia and New Jersey job discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates at 215-569-1999, or complete our online contact form.  Our experienced and dedicated employment attorneys will review the details of your case and provide you with sound legal counsel.

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