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Department Of Defense Extends Employment Protections to LGBT Personnel

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Slowly and steadily, the number of obstacles that members of the LGB T community faced in their quest to be allowed to work without discrimination or harassment are toppling down. The Department of Defense has announced the extension of employment protections and anti-discrimination policies to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender personnel.

The US military has come a long way from it's “don't ask don't tell policy”, that effectively prohibited openly gay or homosexual people from serving in the US military. Recently, Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter announced that the military has now expanded its equal opportunity policy to cover sexual orientation.

Earlier, the protections had only extended to defense civilians, but now active-duty service members who identify as gay or lesbian would also be eligible for those protections. Saying that discrimination has absolutely no place in the Armed Forces, and that Americans are now more tolerant and more diverse than past generations, the Secretary of Defense also said that it is important for the Armed Forces to be open, diverse and tolerant in order to compete. Failure to do so, the Secretary Defense said, could actually be a national security threat. The list of characteristics that the military cannot discriminate based on now includes sexual orientation apart from sex, color, race, religion and national origin.

However, that doesn't mean that all restrictions on transgender service personnel would be effectively thrown out. There continue to be restrictions on transgender military members, and there has been no complete overthrowing of the policy that bans transgender soldiers.

If you are currently facing discrimination or harassment in the workplace, speak to a California employment lawyer about your options. You may be eligible to file a claim for damages.

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