Department of Labor Walks the Walk

Department of Labor Walks the Walk

Last week the Department of Labor announced its internal emphasis on preventing discrimination.  In addition to the categories covered by the federal anti-discrimination law, the department also is prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and pregnancy, and status as a parent.

In adding status as a parent and sexual orientation, the Department exceeds the minimum requirements of Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws applicable to the federal government.  The Secretary also stated her intention to make the Department of Labor a “model workplace,  free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, which fosters a work environment that fully utilizes the capabilities of every employee.”  While its employees monitor other workplaces for violations, it is fitting that the department from the top down commits to a professional and non-discriminatory workplace.

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