The Justice Department just reversed a policy prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had reached the same conclusion in a landmark ruling in 2012, and multiple federal courts have found that Title VII covers transgender peopleas well.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. So, the DOJ explanation has nothing to do with protecting transgender people.

The new stance is a sharp reversal of the position taken by the Obama administration and follows other actions Trump's justice department has taken to oppose LGBT rights. "As a law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice must interpret Title VII as written by Congress".

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.

Several federal appeals courts have already ruled that discriminating against transgender people based on their gender identity is a violation of federal law. "Transgender workers deserve to know their government will have their back when they're faced with discrimination". "This is the exact opposite of how military policy should be made", Shannon Minter, NCLR's legal director, added in a statement.

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"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", Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in 2014, according to Buzzfeed.

In a statement Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said, "The Department of Justice can not expand the law beyond what Congress has provided". Sessions' memo was first reported by BuzzFeed. "It demonstrates that this memo is not actually a reflection of the law as it is - it's a reflection of what the DOJ wishes the law were".

"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.

Title VII was a landmark civil rights law that banned discrimination in employment, schools, and voter registration on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. "The Attorney General does not get to make law, but he should at least read it".

Yet another shameful attack on workers & #LGBTQ community from AG Sessions & Trump Administration. Trump admin will stop at nothing to drag us backwards.