Workplace discrimination a focus at State of the Union


A lesbian who challenged discrimination at her workplace will be seated with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address tonight.

The president is set to deliver the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. Most stations are planning pre-speech coverage.

Joining the first lady for the speech will be Lorelei Kilker, who was part of a large settlement the Equal Opportunity Commission reached with Western Sugar of Colorado in October 2011.

The president is expected to cite Kilker’s case to highlight how the nation must do more to ensure that all citizens have a fair shot at the American dream.

Kilker says she hopes Congress will pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

She also wants the president to sign an executive order to combat anti-LGBT discrimination.