U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum on Thursday stating that protections against workplace discrimination in federal civil rights laws do not extend to transgendered individuals.
While the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes a prohibition of discrimination based on sex, it “does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se.” Sessions’ memo further provides that this is not a policy issue but a “conclusion of law.”
This is an about-face from the guidance provided under the Obama administration. According to the memorandum, the Trump administration will apply this conclusion to all pending and future matters.
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