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LGBTQ workplace protections may be under fire

New York LGBTQ residents may be worried about whether or not they will be protected against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace. This might have been caused by the removal of LGBTQ content from federal websites immediately after Donald Trump took office in January.

In mid-2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that prevented federal contractors from discriminating against employees or potential employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While Trump initially stated that he would continue to protect LGBTQ citizens, his press secretary later stated that he was not aware of the issue. When the director of Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs was questioned, he stated that there has been some talk of repealing all of the former President's executive orders and reducing other regulations on businesses.

The executive order is significant because it provides protections for LGBTQ individuals that are enforceable. In fact, only 22 states offer non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ citizens. If Obama's executive order is reversed, many citizens will may not have the ability to seek recourse if they are terminated or punished in the workplace based on their LGBTQ status.

Employment discrimination can come in many forms. In some cases, employees may find that they are missing out on promotion opportunities or may even lose their jobs due to their race, age or LGBTQ status. When this is the case, they may want to meet with an employment law attorney in order to see what recourse may be available to them.

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