Incoming Louisiana Governor Will Take Executive Action to Protect LGBT State Employees from Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2015 • 10:41 am

Yesterday, the governor-elect of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, announced that when he takes office on January 11, he will issue an executive order that protects LGBT state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination. Currently in Louisiana (and nearly 30 other states), LGBT people have no state-wide non-discrimination protections.

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Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said last night:

Governor-elect Edwards is taking an important step forward by putting state employees’ job performance and skills as the first and foremost priority, and ensuring that they cannot be discriminated against in the workplace simply for being LGBT. His leadership will help make millions of lives better in the state of Louisiana. Discrimination has no place on the job or anywhere else. The legislature should follow his lead and pass a comprehensive bill to permanently ensure full non-discrimination protections for all LGBT people in the state.

Governor-elect Edwards’ announcement follows a long history of executive orders from state governors extending non-discrimination protections to LGBT state employees and contractors, including in Pennsylvania, Alaska, and Kentucky.

These executive orders send a strong message that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender public employees should be treated fairly and equally – and they mark an important step forward in states without statewide non-discrimination protections. However, because they do not carry the weight of the law and their impact is limited to public employees, it is critical that state legislators in each of these states with LGBT non-discrimination executive orders codify these protections through state law.

Learn more about where state laws stand with regard to LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination.


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