White House Pressured On Employment Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Freedom to Work, an LGBT workplace rights group, has launched a petition asking DynCorp International LLC — a military contractor — to “adopt an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy,” the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson reports. The company has come “under scrutiny in the wake of a settlement the company made with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over a case in which a straight employee, James Friso, was allegedly subjected to anti-gay harassment and called ‘faggot,’ ‘queer’ and ‘dick-sucker’ by a co-worker on a daily basis.” LGBT equality advocates are also calling on the Obama administration to issue an executive order that prohibits the federal government from contracting with companies that lack LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections, but the White House has yet to publicly embrace the policy. “President Obama has long supported an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity,” said White House spokesperson Shin Inouye. “Regarding your question on a potential Executive Order, I don’t have anything to report.”