On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an amendment to Executive Order 11246 adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected bases covered by that order. The Department of Labor was directed to prepare regulations within 90 days to implement the amendments.

The Department notes, in a fact sheet on the new amendments, that many contractors already have voluntary, internal prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The fact sheet states that,

  • Many Federal Contractors Already Have Policies on LGBT Workplace Equality. Of the largest 50 federal contractors, which represent nearly half of all federal contracting dollars, 86% prohibit sexual orientation d