President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal hiring and for federal contractors and subcontractors.  The Order requires that the US Department of Labor issues regulations to implement the order within 90 days. This Order takes effect immediately as to the hiring and employment provisions affecting over 2.5 million Federal employees. Contracts entered into on or after the regulations are promulgated by the Department of Labor must comply with the Order. Federal contractors will be required to maintain and/or amend hiring and employment policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Currently, there is no federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity that applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) would extend existing federal law protections to LGBT employees and was approved by the Senate, but has stalled in the House of Representatives. 21 states (NH and MA included) and the District of Columbia have passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and 18 states (MA included) also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

This blog was originally posted in the Employment Law Business Guide on July 22. Click here to read the original entry. 

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Gender Equality’s Time Is Still Now!

Posted on September 27, 2010 10:14 by Beth A. Deragon

Though New Hampshire is one of the smallest Legal Bars in the nation, its recent Ten Year Gender Survey contains important data for the country.    In the Granite State and nationally strides have been made, inequality remains.  Women are graduating from law schools at unprecedented levels.  Social norms regarding traditional roles of women in society are evaporating.  However, fewer female attorneys are making partner, fewer are litigators, fewer are in management positions, and, unfortunately, sexist attitudes continue to be observed frequently.  This is not a female v. male issue, but an issue that influences the credibility of our profession within society.

DRI is poised to lead the way in promoting “Women in the Law.”  That exciting new committee can make a difference if we all get behind it by taking the message to our firms, our SLDO’s and our state bar associations.  Further, it is essential to both recognize that our clients want gender and ethnic diversity and to respond accordingly.  Traditionally, lawyers lead the way for social change; that change begins at home.  Anyone interested in this issue should review the New Hampshire Gender Equality Committee report and is welcome to contact me, Chair, NH Bar Gender Equality Committee, to share ideas and generally collaborate on this issue.  By working together, we can continue to make progress toward gender equality for our profession.

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