“The Trump administration’s U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday cast aside another federal agency’s arguments that gay and lesbian employees should be protected from workplace sexual orientation discrimination under civil rights laws. The government, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, urged a panel of judges to reject a push to extend the scope of protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include a prohibition against sexual orientation discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission supported that protection. ‘The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination. It does not, as has been settled for decades. Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts,’ the Justice Department’s legal team, led by Chad Readler, said in their filing Wednesday night in the New York-based federal appeals court.”

So one governmental agency is challenging another governmental agency created to ensure equal opportunity for all people in America? Clearly the Department of Justice has a problem with ensuring equality for all human beings and this is interesting because the 7th Circuit just issued an 8-3 decision in April that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Since all of the decisionmakers with power are white, who else is there to blame for this mess? We are taking so many steps backwards as a nation. This is pretty sad and it’s only going to get worse as time passes unless “we the people” overthrow our government.

Source: Erin Mulvaney. “Trump Administration Lines Up Against EEOC in LGBT Workplace Rights Case.” The National Law Journal. July 26, 2017. http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202794035460/Trump-Administration-Lines-Up-Against-EEOC-in-LGBT-Workplace-Rights-Case.

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