US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while stating discrimination only applies to men and women, has issued a memo that reverses the protections for transgender workers.
“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, issued on Wednesday, states. “This is a conclusion of law, not policy.”
Under Title VII, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against an individual during employment “because of such individual’s…sex,” and Sessions argued “Sex” is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female.”
Sessions’ memo reverses the decision by the Obama administration to expand Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender workers under “sex-based considerations.”
Sessions DOJ must put its enforcement responsibilities above its divisive agenda. LGBTQ people deserve full protection of civil rights laws. pic.twitter.com/n9rpdwkFPk
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) October 5, 2017
Currently, under most state and federal laws, transgender people are not protected from discrimination in certain areas, such as the workplace, housing, public accommodation, and schools.
Advocates of Civil Rights have argued the law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace includes transgender people because discrimination against gender identity is fundamentally rooted in sex-based discrimination.
Many leftist users of Twitter were not happy with the reversal.
Sessions doesn't belong in law at all. He wants to live in 1930's America! Guess what, it's 2017, get with it Sessions.
— Yara Petry (@hiporegon) October 6, 2017
This man is evil.
— Jack (@jfjfjf53) October 6, 2017
Keep up the fight! If this current Administration & the BEYOND conservative agenda isn’t defeated, we’ll no longer even resemble AMERICA
These old men want to live in 1600!! Wake up people
— Patty Hawthorne (@patty_hawthorne) October 5, 2017
Democracy takes another hit, you would think the DOJ would want to protect rights of minorities but not in this fu..ed up Administration.
— Michael Schlebecker (@mlschleb) October 5, 2017
What a A## who## why don't just wear his white pointy hat lol
— Davey Zerangue (@DaveyZerangue) October 5, 2017
Sessions is a heartless racist SOB & will remain incompetent incapable to perform his duties on behalf of all US people #FireSessions
— mintpattynyc (@mintpattynyc) October 5, 2017
— LuRain (@PennyPhilosophy) October 5, 2017
What’s interesting is the argument that “gender is a social construct that is not linked to sex” is seemingly forgotten here.
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