Montana governor bans state from discriminating based on gender identity

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock has issued an executive order banning the discrimination on the basis of gender identity and childbirth in state employment and state contracts.

The executive order directs the Department of Administration, which is charged with the administration of state personnel and procurement policies, and all agencies, managers, supervisors, and employees under the jurisdiction of the State of Montana to implement policies that expand prohibitions on discrimination in state contracts.

The new policies are directed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression, genetic information, military service and veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions which are related to pregnancy or childbirth.

“Today we remember and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recommit to the values and principles he fought for every day – compassion, acceptance, and equality,” Governor Bullock said. “I am honored to stand up for all Montanans to ensure that no one is denied full and equal participation in our state’s workforce based on discrimination and intolerance.”

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