Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo Thursday outlining the Justice Department’s decision to redefine its interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people.
Effective immediately, the Justice Department can now prosecute on behalf of people who claim to have been discriminated against by state and local public employers based on sex identity.
“The federal government’s approach to this issue has also evolved over time,” Holder wrote in the memo, adding that the new interpretation is the “most straightforward reading” of the law.
This is essentially a 180 from their decision in 2006 under George W. Bush that stated the law did not cover transgender workplace protections.
Holder’s memo comes on the tail of a series of moves from the Obama administration to grant stronger workplace rights to transgender employees. In July, Obama ordered protection for gay/trans employees of the federal government or companies with active federal contracts.
The Justice Department has no authority, however, to sue private employers, so the memo does not affect them.
via LGBTQ Nation
When all is said and done, Obama’s legacy will be that he was one of the most effective presidents of the modern era… I bet you.
@erasure25: You’re delusional. Obama is one of the worst Presidents in US history.
For sociopolitical change, absolutely. He could’ve been even more effective in other areas as well, but he’s not the right skin color for a lot of his opponents on Capitol Hill who opposed him from the start.
So after years of endless whining that transgenders had been “thrown under the bus” by LGs when, in fact, HRC and other groups withdrew support from the trans-exclusive ENDA, it ends up transgenders will have the job protection and gays and lesbians won’t.
@aliengod: You think Bush Inc. was better? NOT!
He’s delusional enough to put “god” in his screen name.
This development won’t help transgenders b/c the DOJ does not have the power to declare the meaning of a federal statute. Holder is expressing his view, but ultimately the federal courts decide the scope of the Civil Rights Act, not him. The trans activists can enjoy this victory for a while, but when the issue reaches the courts, the party will be over.
But this episode is very useful in exposing the scam of “LGBT.” Note how no trans activist has come forward to say “We reject the notion that the Civil Rights Act can protect the T without protecting the LGB. We won’t throw our LGB brothers and sisters under the bus!”
Not one of these scumbags has said this. But they demand that LGBs actively oppose gay civil rights laws unless those laws come stuffed with transsexual potty provisions. “LGBT” is nothing more than a contrived, one-sided arrangement by which LGBs are manipulated into sacrificing for trans activists, while getting nothing in return.
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