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Evers issues anti-discrimination order

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, right, is sworn in by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack as Kathy Evers watches during the inauguration ceremony at the state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Gov. Tony Evers is sworn in by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack as Kathy Evers watches during the inauguration ceremony at the state Capitol on Monday in Madison. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to develop and implement policies preventing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The move Monday on his first day in office was praised by Fair Wisconsin director Megin McDonell who said it “modernizes our state’s internal policies to make sure Wisconsin government employees are judged solely on their job performance, not who they are or who they love.”

The Evers administration will also create a model anti-discrimination policy.

Evers is also calling for the state to put standard terms in contracts saying that the recipient can only hire on the basis of merit and they can’t discriminate.

Another order Evers signed calls for state agency leaders to “recognize the valuable contributions of state employees, promote positive morale and foster a collaborative work environment.”

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