Posted on October 5, 2017 Issues: LGBTQ Equality Workplace Justice

(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo reversing a Department of Justice policy recognizing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender workers from discrimination through its prohibition of sex discrimination, and instructing Justice Department attorneys to take the position in all ongoing or future litigation that federal law does not prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

The following is a statement by NWLC President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves:

“Leaders like Jeff Sessions should be protecting individuals from harm instead of furthering prejudice. Discrimination based on gender identity is sex discrimination, pure and simple – and court after court has recognized that it is prohibited under federal employment discrimination law. Title VII stands for the principle that employees should be judged on the job they do – not on their sex or gender identity. Judges must reject the baseless arguments Sessions has now instructed the Justice Department to make, in yet another grotesque Trump administration attack on the LGBTQ community.”


For immediate release:  October 5 2017
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