(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Monday that will protect LGBT employees from discrimination.
The order will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against their LGBT employees or from discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.
While it is already illegal to discriminate in hiring based on race, religion, gender and a number of other grounds, Obama believes more can still be done to further protections on sexual identification.
Despite the action taken by Obama on Monday, Congress would have to act to extend such protections to private employers.
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