5 actions USAID contractors should take to comply with LGBT final rule

A new executive order will affect development employment policies and equal opportunity clauses. Photo by: Neal Jennings / CC BY-SA 

“Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” will soon appear in the list of protected groups in all United States federal contractor employment language.

Organizations — with at least 50 employees and at least $50,000 in contracts with the federal government — are expected to make the changes according to the new rule under executive order 11246, which currently ensures that job applicants and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.