As 2011, the federal government’s equal employment opportunity policy reads:
Federal civil service law bars discrimination based on “conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee or applicant or the performance of others.” Since the Reagan administration of the 1980s, this statute has been interpreted by the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Justice to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation against civilian employees in much of the executive branch.
In 1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13087, reinforcing this commitment to non-discrimination in the federal workforce with explicit protections based on sexual orientation.
The Office of Special Counsel — the agency charged with prosecuting claims under the civil service statute described above — do appear to follow the executive order, with some holding events in June in honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer pride month. The Office of Special Counsel continues accepting allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation for investigation and possible enforcement.
The Obama-Biden Administration adopted an equal employment opportunity policy that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity from the outset, with the following language appearing on its website for Presidential Appointments in January 2009.
In June 2009, President Obama issued a “Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination,” which is expected to provide some level of guidance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.
In June 2009, President Obama issued a “Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination,” which is expected to provide some level of guidance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity……..Read More>>
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