The Trump administration has formally proposed a rule that would let businesses with federal contracts fire anyone for just about anything they don’t like as long as they say it’s for religious reasons. This includes LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and women who are pregnant while unmarried, for starters.
BREAKING: The Department of Labor just proposed a rule that aims to let government contractors fire workers who are LGBTQ, or who are pregnant and unmarried, based on the employers’ religious views.— ACLU (@ACLU) August 14, 2019
This is taxpayer-funded discrimination in the name of religion. Period.
The 46-page draft rule from the Labor Department says that any organization that claims any “religious purpose,” whether they be schools, corporations, or any business with a federal contract, can discriminate against their workers even if religion isn’t its primary reason for existence.
“The contractor must be organized for a religious purpose, meaning that it was conceived with a self-identified religious purpose,” the draft reads. “This need not be the contractor’s only purpose.”
Basically, this means that companies could claim that they’re guided by some vague religious purpose of faith and use that to fire someone from a marginalized population. It would invalidate decades of civil rights progress by creating a massive and easily-exploited loophole.
If adopted, this rule would put up to 420,000 workers at risk. Human rights advocates have been watching this rule while it was pending, expecting it to reverse Obama-era protections for LGBTQ+ people. However, the way the final draft is worded opens to door to discriminate against just about anyone, including any non-Christians and divorcés.
Human rights organizations and advocates are not pleased.
My mother had me while unmarried and working towards tenure. As s single woman at 32 I’m very prepared for being an unmarried mother.— Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) August 14, 2019
Stop pretending the discrimination stops before it reaches anyone other than cishet Christian traditional white people https://t.co/JvUGRFqsEs
I mean of course the Trump administration is going to announce a super broad rule allowing employers discriminate on the basis of religion as the comment period related to health care discrimination closes— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) August 14, 2019
Just in: Labor Dept. proposes rule to expand the religious exemption in Obama's executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination: https://t.co/cVLG32qU8B— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) August 14, 2019
Did Trump forget his 2017 promise to keep that order "intact"? pic.twitter.com/SmKoCiAY6B
The Supreme Court is hearing LGBT discrimination cases in October, but the Trump Admin. is charging ahead with rule changes: Proposed rule by Labor Dept. cements religious exemptions from bias claims. https://t.co/4asRo9S6Yj— dri (@DriXander) August 14, 2019
If you haven't been paying attention, Trump has now undone every rule the Obama administration put in place to protect transgender people from discrimination: https://t.co/rl9ltciV4l— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) May 24, 2019
There is no place for discrimination in our country.— Michigan Attorney General (@MIAttyGen) August 13, 2019
RELEASE: Attorney General Nessel Joins Coalition Condemning Trump Administration's Proposed Rule to Eliminate Anti-Discrimination Protections in Healthcare ➡️ https://t.co/o9nqqd7p2x pic.twitter.com/UTFjsW4zQ2
Proposed new Trump rule would allow federal contractors to cite religious objections as valid reason to discriminate against their workers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, LGBT status https://t.co/HFefhFy52J … So discrimination against Jews would be legal?— Barry Bradford (@BarryMotivates) August 14, 2019
Due to the fact that this applies to federal contractors, many are calling this “taxpayer-funded discrimination.” Either way, can we officially discard the idea that Trump cares about any marginalized people?