On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced its support for federal and state legislation that would extend basic job protections by prohibiting employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation. Such legislation, in addition to fostering fair treatment in the workplace, would benefit technology employers by promoting employment and retention of a critical talent pool and also would benefit higher education institutions in their recruitment and retention of faculty and researchers who train the workforce and help drive our innovation economy.
NVTC encourages Congress to act quickly to enact legislation outlawing discrimination in employment on the grounds of sexual orientation. Such legislation should forbid preferential treatment, quotas, and disparate impact lawsuits, and should not compel employers to create special facilities. NVTC also supports Virginia legislation to make clear that discrimination in employment on the grounds of sexual orientation is unacceptable in the Commonwealth. While making that policy clear, the General Assembly should follow Virginia’s historical approach when dealing with equal employment matters and avoid duplicative federal and state regulation.
Supporting these legislative initiatives would benefit technology employers by promoting employment and retention of a critical talent pool to help drive our innovation economy.