06/17/2014 03:16 pm ET Updated Jun 17, 2014

Obama's Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination 'Expands The Universe,' Gender Rights Advocate Says

Dr. Dana Beyer, the executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, discussed on HuffPost Live Tuesday President Barack Obama's plan to draft an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors.

When asked whether Obama's executive order would kill the prospect of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal for employers nationwide to fire or harass someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, passing in the House of Representatives, Beyer argued that the president's action would have wide-reaching benefits.

"This E.O. will cover any person who receives $10,000 a year from the federal government. Even a company of one, which of course is silly, you don't discriminate against yourself, but if there are two people, that will be covered," Beyer explained.

"ENDA, Title VII, none of those cover small businesses of smaller than 15 persons, so this expands the universe significantly."

The primary concern that remains, then, is that "nobody has seen" Obama's executive order yet, Beyer said, as the document is still being drafted.

Watch the video above for more of Beyer's thoughts.



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