Tuesday Governor Andy Beshear (D) signed an executive order to prevent discrimination in employment, services, and contracting in the state of Kentucky.
According to the executive order: “It shall be the policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to prohibit discrimination in employer-employee relations or in the provision of public services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, pregnancy or related medical condition, marital or familial status, disability or veteran status. Employer-employee relations shall include but not be limited to hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation.”
“When I ran for this office I pledged to be a governor for all Kentuckians, and when I took my oath I swore to use my position to protect all of our citizens equally,” Beshear said. “This executive order ensures that no Kentuckian has to tolerate being discriminated against because of who they are. I’m proud to sign this.”
“The challenges Kentucky faces with a global health pandemic and the widespread financial fallout requires that we draw on the full spectrum of knowledge, skills and talent of our people,” Gov. Beshear added. “This executive order sends the right message about our compassion and our priorities. It establishes the expectation that everyone in Kentucky is treated fairly and ensures that our commonwealth welcomes and benefits from the contributions of all our citizen.”