Trump-Pence Administration Moves to Undermine Non-Discrimination Protections for Employees of Federal Contractors

by HRC Staff

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.

“Within its final weeks, the Trump-Pence administration has chosen to prioritize gutting existing protections for LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities. This action by the administration is blatantly offensive, unnecessary and simply unacceptable, which is further compounded by the fact that they are attempting to jam it through a lame duck session. Since taking office, the administration has worked around the clock to dehumanize and demean LGBTQ people all while misrepresenting the law to justify creating a license to discriminate against people including on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

“The people have spoken and they want pro-equality leadership - the Trump-Pence administration must withdraw this flawed, dangerous final rule and stop their attacks on LGBTQ people. Should they not, the Human Rights Campaign is prepared to work alongside the incoming Biden-Harris administration to overturn this discriminatory regulation and ensure that the employees of federal contractors have a workplace free from discrimination.”

Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

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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