Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary
HRC responded to the Trump-Pence administration’s announcement of a final rule that would gut non-discrimination protections -- including for LGBTQ people.
The administration is adding religious exemptions to the enforcement of President Obama’s 2014 executive order that prohibits discrimination in hiring by federal contractors on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to the original non-discrimination protections contained in Executive Order 11246.
In 2018, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a notice of proposed federal rulemaking that layed out OFCCP’s intention not to enforce non-discrimination requirements if a contactor claims that it is acting in accord with religious tenets that negatively impacts LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities. Last year, HRC helped its members, volunteers and supporters to submit over 10,000 public comments against the proposed regulation.
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