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LGBT workers could be impacted by civil rights case

There are many New Yorkers who are part of the LGBT community. In the not-too-distant past, these people were often forced to hide who they were to avoid problems at work, losing their jobs or not being hired at all simply because of their sexual orientation. Laws were enacted to protect these individuals. However, many employers and service providers protested saying that their religious beliefs were being violated by the protections granted to LGBT people. Now, a potential rule being promoted by the Trump administration can provide protection for government contractors who do not want to employ LGBT people. Those concerned about their employee rights or who have had their rights violated should obtain legal assistance.

The new proposal would grant companies that contract with the federal government the right to make employment decisions based on their religious beliefs. If the employee's lifestyle does not fit in with those religious beliefs, it can impact their employment decisions.

In the rule, contractors are not allowed to discriminate against people who fall into a protected class. According to the Labor Department, religious entities avoided pursuing government contracts because they were worried about this specific law clashing with their core beliefs.

Although this is currently little more than a proposal from the current presidential administration, it is indicative of the problems LGBT people face. Workers who believe they have been subjected to workplace discrimination due to their status as a member of the LGBT community must understand their options. A law firm with experience in employment law for employees should be contacted for help.

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