Should the Federal Government Influence Non-Discrimination by Contractors Through Legislation?

Government Contracting NewsA recent proposal by the Department of Labor to encourage the hiring of disabled employees as well as rumored talks between the DoL and the White House on amending Executive Order 11246 to include protection to LGBT workers brings up an important question – Should the Federal Government discourage discrimination by business owners by passing laws which aim to penalize government contractors who discriminate against particular demographics of employees?

Supporters of such legislation claim that such laws are necessary in order to ensure equal employment opportunities for all capable workers without fear of discrimination.  Opponents reject government involvement in how private companies operate and suggest that such legislation creates significant risks and obstacles for employers who wish to terminate an employee for legitimate reasons.

What do you think about such legislation?  Sound off in the comments!


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