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Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination

Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination

"Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status", the memo reportedly reads in part.

In the memo laying out his decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era rule that had interpreted the Civil Rights Act to protect transgender workers.

"I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status".

As BuzzFeed News highlights, Sessions' directive also includes a particularly disturbing sentiment: that this will be the government's position in the present and future under the Trump administration. "As a law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice must interpret Title VII as written by Congress".

The Supreme Court has not resolved the question of whether "sex" can mean sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mr. Sessions's move came three months after the Justice Department, without being asked for its opinion, filed a brief before an appellate court in a private workplace discrimination lawsuit, taking the position that the Civil Rights Act's bar on sex bias does not cover sexual orientation.

Sessions adds: "The Justice Department must and will continue to affirm the dignity of all people, including transgender individuals".

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Under the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a policy memo explaining that the federal government's approach on this issue had "evolved" over time. "Nothing in this memorandum should be construed to condone mistreatment on the basis of gender identity, or to express a policy view on whether Congress should amend Title VII to provide different or additional protections".

Devin O'Malley, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, told Reuters that Sessions had to step in after the last administration extended the protections of the law beyond what was constitutional.

"The sessions DOJ is trying to roll back the clock and pretend that the progress of the last decade hasnt' happened", she continued.

"This despicable action of reversing protections for transgender people in the workplace is just another example of attempts by the Trump administration to deny tens of thousands of Americans equal rights".

Several LGBTQ civil rights groups blasted Sessions' directive.

"According to Sessions, an employer is free to hang a "Transgender Need Not Apply" sign in their window".

"Transgender individuals are among some of our nation's most vulnerable communities and they experience discrimination in virtually every area of life based on their sex", Clarke said.

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