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|Petition asks President Obama to require LGBT non-discrimination policies for federal contractors|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|March 09, 2012 10:42|
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to require companies that hold federal contracts to enact LGBT non-discrimination employment policies.
The petition was started by Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBT workers from harassment in the workplace.
According to Freedom to Work, some 16 million Americans who work with the federal government are unprotected from anti-gay discrimination on the job.
"The strong response to this petition and Freedom to Work's push for an executive order shows that Americans don't want their taxpayer dollars squandered on workplace harassment and anti-LGBT discrimination," said Almeida in a statement. "Our government should never subsidize prejudice."
The executive order would require businesses that work with the federal government to protect their employees from harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.
For more information, please visit http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-sign-the-executive-order-adding-lgbt-workplace-protections-to-millions-of-american-jobs
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