WASHINGTON – Christians are raising concern after Attorney General Eric Holder issued an internal memo last week within the United States Department of Justice announcing that it is to now interpret federal law as prohibiting discrimination against transgenders for employment opportunities.
The Department announced the development on Thursday, meaning that it is heretofore open to bringing legal claims on behalf of those who state that they have been turned down for employment or let go from their jobs because of their “gender identity.”
“Attorney General Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will take the position in litigation that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status,” it wrote.
The Department had previously come to the conclusion that the law’s prohibition on sex discrimination does not apply to those who seek to identify as the opposite sex. Thursday’s announcement reverses that decision.
Written by Heather Clark
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