From The Dallas Voice: http://m.dallasvoice.com/trump-signs-order-creating-loophole-anti-lgbt-discrimination-10234584.html
by Tammye Nash March 28, 2017
Trump on Monday, March 27, signed what Lambda Legal calls a “very
disturbing” order giving federal contractors a large loophole through
which to discriminate against LGBT people.
The White House
released a copy of the executive order, signed by Trump, on Monday
The order revokes all or part of three previous executive
orders concerning federal contracting.
Of greatest concern to LGBT
people, Trump’s executive order revoked President Obama’s 2014
Executive Order 13673, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, that
required that companies receiving large federal contracts be able to
demonstrate that they have complied for at least three years with 14
federal laws, several of which prohibit discrimination based on sexual
orientation, gender stereotyping or gender identity.
away the requirement that federal contractors be able to demonstrate
that they have not violated these federal laws, according to Lambda
Legal Senior Counsel Camilla Taylor, “this administration has made it
extremely difficult to enforce these federal laws as applied to federal
“It’s sending a message to these companies…that the
federal government simply doesn’t care whether or not they violate the
law,” Taylor said.
Among those 14 laws implicated are Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the
Rehabilitation Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
VII prohibits discrimination based on sex in employment. Under the Obama
administration, the Department of Justice and Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission argued that discrimination based on “sex”
included discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The ADA and
Rehabilitation Act prohibit discrimination based on HIV infection and
other disabilities. And the Family and Medical Leave Act, under the
Obama Department of Labor, was held to include employees caring for a
same-sex spouse, even if the employee lived in a state that did not
recognize marriage of same-sex couples.
The 14 affected federal
laws and regulations affected by the new Trump executive order also
includes Executive Order 11246, signed in 1965 by President Johnson,
which prohibited federal contractors from discriminating in employment
based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Four years
later, President Nixon added discrimination based on disability and age.
Complete article at: http://m.dallasvoice.com/trump-signs-order-creating-loophole-anti-lgbt-discrimination-10234584.html
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