AG Sessions rolls back Obama-era civil rights protections for transgenders

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to federal prosecutors informing them that the Obama-era guidelines on giving employment protection to transgendered people under the Civil Rights Act will no longer apply.  Sessions said the Obama administration interpretation went beyond the scope of the law to include transgendered people with minorities, women, and other protected groups. Washington Times: "Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status," Mr. Sessions wrote. He rolled back a 2014 policy by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who said Title VII prohibited employers from making "sex-based considerations" based on gender identity or a person's identification as transgender. The decision roiled civil rights activists, who saw the memo as a direct attack on transgender...(Read Full Post)