Most Top Federal Contractors Protect Against LGBT Discrimination

The White House has been roundly criticized for opting not to sign an executive order that would require federal contractors protect LGBT employees from discrimination, but those contractors continue to improve their policies anyway. The Williams Institute reports that of the top 50 companies contracted by the U.S. government, 86 percent prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and 55 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. These are increases from 81 and 44 percent (respectively) just two years ago, and they account for 46.9 percent of all contracting dollars awarded by the federal government — over $249 billion. These companies already understand that non-discrimination protections are good for business — hopefully the Obama administration realizes that soon as well.