Man withdrawing wooden card painted as the gay pride flagOver the weekend several media outlets reported that a draft executive order was being circulated that overturned President Obama’s 2014 directive prohibiting federal employers and contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal workforce and by federal contractors.  Executive Order 13672, which was signed on July 21, 2014, amended Executive Order 11478 — which was previously amended in 1998 by Executive Order 13087 to prohibit discrimination on the basis sexual orientation in the competitive service of the federal civilian workforce– to include gender identity.  It also amended Executive Order 11246 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors.

On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement, announcing that the “executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact.”  As reported by the Washington Post, the Trump administration’s statement regarding Executive Order 13672 is significant because the executive order affects approximately 24,000 companies, employing 28 million workers, which represents 20% of the United States workforce.