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Gov. McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Ending Contractor Discrimination

January 5, 2017: Members of Cville Pride were happy to join Equality Virginia and local leaders at UVA to witness Governor McAuliffe signing an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by Virginia’s contractors, subcontractors, and state employees!!

Read the Full Executive Order:

eo-61-executive-action-to-ensure-equal-opportunity-and-access-for-all-virginians-in-state-contracting-and-public-services (PDF).
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From the press release by Equality Virginia:

While there are no statewide laws to protect LGBT Virginians in the workplace, this is an important step forward on our path toward full equality.

Workplace Nondiscrimination by the numbers:

  • Of the Fortune 500 Companies in the US, 89% prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation while 66% also extend those protections to include gender identity

  • 17 of Virginia’s 18 Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity

  • Virginia has nearly 130,000 LGBT workers in the workforce

  • Under Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order 1 from 2014, all state workers are protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

  • 80% of Virginians support LGBT workplace protections

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