Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Trump administration says transgender workers are not protected by anti-discrimination law

President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from servi President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from servi
Wallace Pearson | 06 October, 2017, 00:47

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the Justice Department's policy that a 1964 civil-rights law protects transgender individuals from discrimination, The Hill reported.

"Discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination, just as DOJ recognized years ago", Esseks said.

"Yet again, the Trump-Pence administration continues to unleash shameful attacks against the transgender community in an effort to promote their disgusting agenda of hate", said Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign legal director.

Transgender people have a high incident rate of employment discrimination.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder initially amended Title VII in 2014, issuing a memo to all Department of Justice employees and USA attorneys that put forth a more nuanced interpretation of the half-century-old law.

Sessions wrote that it is the responsibility of the Justice Department to interpret the law "as written by Congress" and that the existing text does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

The Department of Justice rolled back an Obama-era policy Wednesday that protected transgender workers as part of the Civil Rights Act.

Pro-LGBT groups expressed their anger at the development.

Sessions' memorandum is the latest instance where the Justice Department has adopted positions that weaken non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. For example, both Attorney General Holder and President Barack Obama came to the conclusion that DOMA, the 1996 law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples, was unconstitutional.

"The Department of Justice can not expand the law beyond what Congress has provided", the DOJ's Devin O'Malley told Buzzfeed.

"We can not afford to be complacent in the face of violence that threatens too many of our communities", Sessions wrote in the memo, lamenting recently released federal data showing violent crime rose in 2016 for the second straight year.

Title VII of the landmark 1964 federal law states that employers can not discriminate against someone "because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin".

Civil rights advocates have argued the law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace includes transgender people because discrimination against someone based on their gender identity is fundamentally rooted in sex-based discrimination.

And earlier this year, Sessions withdrew his predecessor's guidance on protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.

"The attorney general does not get to make law, but he should at least read it", Keisling said.

There isn't much the Trump administration won't lie about at this point.

- Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) October 5, 2017Appalling assault on Title VII protections for trans workers.

In response, the suing groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), called it a "fantasy" that Trump's tweeted announcement July 26 that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military", followed by an August 25 presidential memorandum, has not affected thousands of service members and their families.

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