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President Biden Issues Executive Order Addressing Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

As part of the many Executive Orders signed his first day in office, President Biden formalized is administration’s commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community by signing an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  The Order states:

Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love.

Building on the groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court decision of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, President Biden has ordered all federal agencies to review” all existing orders, regulations, guidance documents, policies, programs, or other agency actions” that prohibits sex discrimination, including any that relate to the agency’s own compliance with such statutes or regulations and to develop a plan to

revise, suspend, or rescind such agency actions, or promulgate new agency actions, as necessary to fully implement statutes that prohibit sex discrimination . . . .

This Executive Order, in addition to his Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government are no doubt only the first set of actions we will see from this Administration in furtherance of diversity and inclusion.

As always, stay tuned for more!

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Laura Mitchell, Jackson Lewis, Management Representation lawyer, Contractual Drafting Attorney
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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management exclusively in all areas of employment law, focusing on affirmative action and government contractor compliance.

Ms. Mitchell is a Principal in the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group, representing government and non-government contractors in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming...

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