Labor Department’s New Rule Allows Employers To Claim “Religious Liberty” To Ban Gay People

The Trump administration has proposed allowing religious organizations that do work for the federal government to base hiring and employment decisions on the “acceptance of or adherence to religious tenets,” a move critics say will allow for discrimination, including against LGBTQ individuals, reports CNN.

The Labor Department proposal would apply to self-identified religious groups and companies with a “religious purpose” that receive federal government contracts. Organizations would still be required to “not discriminate based on other protected bases.”
 
Critics of the proposal, however, say the Trump administration is working to undercut protections instituted by former President Barack Obama, who in 2014 prohibited workplace discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or identity in states that did not already have such protections.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union said the administration is “shamefully working to license taxpayer-funded discrimination in the name of religion.”
 
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