Justice Department says businesses can discriminate against transgender employees.
BY EMILY BIRNBAUM - 10/24/18 09:58 PM EDT
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it is lawful to discriminate against transgender employees based on their gender identity, according to Bloomberg Law.
In a brief to the Supreme Court, the DOJ wrote that federal civil rights law banning sex discrimination in the workplace does not extend to transgender people.
The filing comes as the Supreme Court weighs whether to take on a case in which a lower court ruled the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be interpreted to protect transgender workers against bias and discrimination.
"This administration is not a friend of the LGBT community,” Greg Nevins, an attorney for Lambda Legal, told Bloomberg Law. “They can say what they’re going to say, but the courts will have the final word.”
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