U.S. law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting
Reuters -US President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (L) meets with President Joe Biden, right, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch (R) at the White House in Washington, March 10, 2019.
The U.K. government is preparing a draft law banning discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity on its contracting agencies, the head of the British Government’s National Human Rights Commission told parliament on Wednesday.
U.K.-based British government body the National Human Relations Commission has published draft legislation to be sent to the U.N. Human Rights Council for approval.
The government of Prime Minister Theresa May has already announced it will ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the procurement of goods and services by 2020.
In her parliamentary answer, May said she was “deeply concerned” about the draft law, which has been drafted by the U-K.
for use by Britain’s contracting agencies.
“We are seeking to address issues of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds in the United Kingdom,” May said in a statement, referring to the United States, France, Canada, Germany and Japan.
May said the U, U.A.E., BAE Systems, General Dynamics and other British firms are the top three suppliers to U.C.R.E.
The British Government has been working on the draft legislation for years, said U.L.A.-based attorney Mark Peltier.
The U-Bahn has said it will review the draft bill to make sure it does not undermine human rights and freedoms guaranteed by international law.
The draft law comes at a time when civil rights groups and human rights groups are demanding that the U.-K.
follow suit in other countries.
The bill will require contractors to report to human rights bodies when they discriminate based on race, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability or age.
The bill also requires contractors to give an opportunity for human rights investigators to conduct a review of their contracts before the contract is awarded.