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Potential discrimination law changes could affect GLBT rights

Discrimination in the workplace is something that some laws address in an attempt to lessen the likelihood of individuals, including Florida residents, facing such actions. Unfortunately, such laws may not cover all aspects for which a person could be discriminated against. Members of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender, or GLBT, community continue to face discrimination in many situations. However, proposed law changes could potentially help enforce GLBT rights.

It was recently reported that President Obama was supposed to address the issue of GLBT discrimination by changing some of the wording of the federal workforce nondiscrimination order. The changes would reportedly prevent contractors on the federal level from discriminating against individuals based on sexual orientation. This change would also apply to contractors who are associated with a particular religion.

The change would reportedly cover approximately 24,000 federal contractors. Changing the order could be helpful for those employees on the federal level, but it was also noted that many of the companies already had such protection in place. It was also mentioned that individuals who do not work on the federal level could potentially still be at risk for discrimination as the changes would not apply to them.

GLBT rights are still something that many individuals must fight for, and facing discrimination in the workplace is a very difficult situation. Florida residents who are concerned with this issue may wish to stay up-to-date on information regarding changes to discrimination law. Until then, parties who believe that they may have been discriminated against in the workplace or otherwise had their rights violated may want to further assess their situation to determine whether pursuing legal action could be right for them.

Source: The Washington Post, "Obama's LGBT order is both narrower and more sweeping than the Employee Non-Discrimination Act", Christopher Ingraham, July 21, 2014

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