On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers. The President issued the order after legislation to protect all employees, not just those who work under federal contracts, failed to pass.
“Eighteen states have already banned workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as have more than 200 cities and other local governments.”
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President Obama also called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate last year but has since languished in the Republican-led House of Representatives.