Federal Employees News Digest

Lawmaker introduces anti-discrimination measure

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) this month introduced legislation that would strengthen civil rights protections that shield federal employees from being discriminated against because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Clarification of Federal Employment Protections Act would codify longstanding existing policies that prohibit such discrimination, but which Duckworth said nonetheless could be rolled back through executive action unless enshrined in statute by Congress.

The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N,Y.).

“I’m proud of the important strides our nation has made toward equality and overcoming discrimination, but we cannot simply rest on our laurels or believe our job is done,” Duckworth said in introducing the bill. “Where possible, Congress should enshrine civil rights protections in law to ensure they cannot be overturned with the stroke of a pen.”

See more at: http://duckworth.house.gov/index.php/media-center/press-releases/816-duckworth-introduces-bipartisan-bill-to-protect-federal-employees-from-workplace-discrimination.

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