Justice Department Moves to Remove LGBTQ Workplace Protections

The Trump Administration continues to target the LGBTQ community.

On the same day that President Trump tweeted his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, the DOJ submitted an amicus brief opposing the extension of Title VII discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation.

The brief was submitted to the Second Circuit in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express.

Donald Zarda, the plaintiff, alleges he was unlawfully fired for being gay. However, The DOJ brief argues that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and sex, does not protect Zarda from this form of discrimination.

Meanwhile, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an independent federal agency tasked with enforcing federal anti-discrimination law, has already filed a brief in support of the plaintiff.

Despite promising during his presidential campaign to be a defender of the LGBTQ community, the President instead seems determined to remove all rights and protections as quickly as he can.

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