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President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Employment Discrimination by Government Contractors on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

The President today signed a much anticipated Executive Order prohibiting workplace discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Here is a link to theexecutive order.

Of particular note, the executive order does not contain a religious exemption.  That topic has been one of intense negotiation between the White House and religious groups and their advocates during the past few months.  Ultimately, the President elected not to include a religious exemption.

The executive order directs the U.S. Department of Labor to issue proposed regulations implementing the order within 90 days. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs likely will be charged with enforcing these new obligations against government contractors.

We will provide additional information and insights about these new obligations and proposed regulations soon.

Stay tuned . . .

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Eric J. Felsberg, Jackson Lewis, Employment Issues Lawyer, affirmative action compliance attorney
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Eric J. Felsberg is a Principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He provides training and daily counsel to employers in various industries on day-to-day employment issues and all aspects of federal, state, and local affirmative action compliance.

Mr. Felsberg is a practice resource on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) Internet Applicant Final Rule and Compensation Guidelines. Furthermore, Mr. Felsberg works closely with firm clients to prepare affirmative action plans for...

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Mickey Silberman, Labor and Employment law attorney, Jackson Lewis Law firm, Principal
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Mickey Silberman is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Chair of the Jackson Lewis Affirmative Action & OFCCP Defense Practice Group and the Co-head of the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group.

Mr. Silberman and the practice group annually prepare thousands of affirmative action plans for employers in all industries and throughout the country. During the past several years, Mr. Silberman has directed the defense of hundreds of OFCCP audits, including successful defense of Corporate Management (“glass ceiling”) Reviews. This high volume of audit defense keeps him on the “cutting edge” of the OFCCP’s rapidly evolving enforcement trends. Mr. Silberman has strong relationships with the OFCCP’s National, Regional and Local office personnel. During the past five years, he has obtained Letters of Compliance in more than 99.5 percent of the hundreds of audits he has defended.

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