Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed an executive order to ban discrimination against transgender employees in state government.
The measure is written to add protections for "gender identity and expression" to existing rules against discrimination. It would cover all state agencies in the executive branch of government along with companies or organizations that contract with the state. (WCxKit)
Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, stated workers should not have to fear that they could lose their jobs due to who they are.
Arline Isaacson of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus praised Patrick for signing the executive order but also sought legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the private sector too.
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