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Urge Obama to Eradicate Discrimination in the Workplaces of Federal Contractors

Over 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt provided the first national victory for the modern civil rights movement by signing an executive order integrating the nation's shipyards and other worksites run by defense contractors — on June 25, 1941. It is now time to ensure that federal contractors receiving federal funds do not discriminate against applicants and employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

An executive order for federal contractors, when combined with existing workplace protections provided by state laws in many states and by federal law for federal workers, would likely mean that, for the first time in history, more than half of all American workers would have legally binding workplace rights. And with federal contractors employing people in all 50 states, there would be at least some workplaces in every state where employees would have legally binding protections against discrimination.

Urge President Obama to require federal contractors to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Dear President Obama,

An executive order protecting persons employed by federal contractors against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity would have an extraordinary effect in helping to eradicate discrimination in workplaces receiving federal dollars.



Now is the time to ensure that federal contractors receiving federal funds do not discriminate against applicants and employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I urge you to sign an executive order requiring contractors to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]