Make Your Comment: Religion Is Not a License to Discriminate
Update 9/17/19: Thanks to committed activists like you, we submitted over 64,000 comments to the Department of Labor – over half of the total submitted – demanding that they reject the Trump administration’s rule that would greenlight employer discrimination. The fight for our civil rights and liberties continues – find more ways take action here.
The Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would turn religious liberty into a license to discriminate with taxpayer dollars. Under the rule, a business or organization contracting with the federal government – therefore receiving taxpayer money – could use religion to justify discriminating against employees.
The rule would authorize discrimination against LGBTQ people, those who are pregnant and unmarried, and any other group or individual deemed unfit based on the employer’s religious beliefs. That means a prospective employee could miss out on a job and employers could pick and choose which employment benefits to offer – and who gets them – based on their religious beliefs.
Longstanding federal civil rights law prohibits discrimination in the workplace. Current nondiscrimination protections are about ensuring that every person can earn a living, provide for their families, and safely go about their daily lives without fear of repercussion for who they are.
The Labor Department is accepting public comments on the new rule until September 16. If we believe in equality – if we believe discrimination has no place in this country – then we must raise our voices to reject this proposed rule.