A new online petition has been set up intended urging President Barack Obama to sign an executive order that prevents harassment against the LGBT community in the workplace.
The petition was made by LGBT organization Freedom to Work, who works solely to stop discrimination in the workplace, and was posted on change.org.
“All Americans deserve the freedom to build a successful career without fear of harassment or discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” the organization says in their statement.
The website highlights cases of discrimination against LGBT employees, including military contractor DynCorp, who had a case where an employee was bullied and called a “faggot” and “dick sucker” on a daily basis.
In that case, Freedom to Work made a petition intended for DynCorp specifically asking them to change their policies to prevent incidents like this. After 50,000 people signed that petition, the company added a no discrimination of LGBT employees clause to their policies.
Freedom to Work is now aiming to reach change on a more national level by contacting the president. In the letter to President Obama, they write about the DynCorp case and include research from Williams Institute that showed 70 percent of voters from 2012 supported this executive order.
“LGBT Americans deserve full equality under the law, and we expect our elected officials to promote equality of opportunity whenever they can. According to news reports, your staff at the Justice Department and Labor Department have already written and approved the text of the executive order, and all that remains is for you to sign it,” the petition reads.
“There’s no good reason for the White House to delay this campaign promise any longer. With the stroke of a pen, President Obama can protect American taxpayers and LGBT employees,” said Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work in an interview with 429Magazine.
“More than 175,000 Americans have already signed Freedom to Work’s online petition because they don’t want our government to subsidize corporations where talented employees fear getting fired just because of who they are or who they love,” he continued.
As of writing, 178,761 people have signed the petition. They claim to need an additional 21,239 before the petition can be sent to the president.