In a memo issued last Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the DOJ’s position on employment discrimination for transgender workers.
Under the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extended sex discrimination employment claims to include protection for transgender workers, and there has been substantial case law following that assertion since AG Holder’s announcement.
The new interpretation by AG Sessions reverses that position and directs the DOJ not to defend workplace discrimination claims based on gender identity. This action comes on the heels of the President’s recent announcement that he intends to prohibit transgender individuals from serving in the military and the joint statement from the DOJ and the Education Department in February, rescinding the Obama administration’s position that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
It also comes just days after Florida’s first-ever LGBTQ Legal Aid Summit held in Ft. Lauderdale, hosted by Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Services of North Florida through a grant by The Florida Bar Foundation.
FJTC participated in the summit which hosted more than 200 attendees, including legal aid attorneys, human services providers and other advocates in support of equal rights for the LGBTQ community. FJTC and Southern Legal Counsel debuted one of their most recent collaborations, UpdateNameGender.org, a website designed to guide transgender litigants through the name change process.
FJTC will continue to work with legal advocates to help protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, by ensuring easy access to legal guidance and assistance. To learn more about this and other issues affecting the LGBTQ community, visit our legal assistance website, FloridaLawHelp.org.