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Pride at Work: Sessions can not unilaterally change or reinterpret the law
06 October 2017, 12:44 | Clyde Nash
In a two-page memo dated October 4, Sessions informed Justice Department attorneys the US government will no longer view the prohibition on sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply to discrimination on the basis of transgender status.
Proving the Dept. of Justice under Attorney General Sessions has no desire to support or even understand LGBT civil rights, a DOZJ spokesperson explained to Buzzfeed its reasoning for rescinding the 2014 memo protecting transgender workers.
Sessions wrote in a memo that a landmark 1964 civil rights law does not apply to gender identity, despite former President Barack Obama expanding that definition when he was in office.
"While scores of Americans are dying from natural disasters and gun violence, the Trump administration, instead of helping our nation come together, is continuing to try and tear it apart", said David Kilmnick, president and CEO of the New York LGBT Network.
But Sessions reportedly wrote Wednesday that the law should be enforced as Congress wrote it - and not how some choose to interpret it - adding that it never explicitly protects transgender people.
The armed forces were set to begin enlisting transgender people July 1, but Mattis suspended that move, while announcing in September that current enlistees will be allowed to continue serving, pending the results of a study and recommendations by a panel of experts. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a government agency that deals with civil rights in the workplace, determined that sex discrimination also includes discrimination based on gender identity and sex stereotyping.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder initially amended Title VII in 2014, issuing a memo to all Department of Justice employees and United States attorneys that put forth a more nuanced interpretation of the half-century-old law.
As Warbelow noted, "the DOJ's jaw-dropping policy conflicts with years of interpretation from both the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts".
"The Department of Justice can not expand the law beyond what Congress has provided", O'Malley said. By reinterpreting our employment laws to try to stop protecting transgender people from discrimination, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions have revealed their real goal: "turn the clock back to a time when life was even more hard for LGBTQ people-transgender individuals, in particular". But in a memo yesterday, Sessions indicated that was no longer the case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. In February, the department withdrew guidance clarifying that the sex discrimination provisions of Title IX protect transgender students in schools.
Yet another shameful attack on workers & #LGBTQ community from AG Sessions & Trump Administration.
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