Eric Dreiband’s Horrendous Record on Civil and Women’s Rights Makes Him Unfit to Fill Critical Position
(Washington, D.C.) This afternoon, the Senate confirmed Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, one of the nation’s most senior officials tasked with protecting civil and constitutional rights.
The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice:
“Eric Dreiband’s horrendous record on civil and women’s rights makes him unfit to fill this critical position. Like others nominated by President Trump, Dreiband opposes the mission he’s now tasked to undertake. He fought against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which restored protections against pay discrimination that the Supreme Court had stripped away. He supports efforts allowing employers’ religious beliefs to override women’s legal right to birth control coverage. And he refuses to recognize civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. As a lawyer who has worked throughout his career to narrow the scope of important civil rights laws and undermine enforcement efforts, Dreiband is not qualified to lead such an important civil rights agency. His confirmation represents the Senate majority’s dereliction of its duties to protect the civil rights of the American people.”