The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would give federal contractors a license to discriminate against their workers.
Under current federal law and existing presidential executive orders, federal contractors can’t discriminate against their workers based on race, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The proposed rule would greatly expand the existing religious exemption for contractors to include for-profit companies and nearly any contractor who claims a religious objection to a worker. This means that a for-profit federal company could create a religious litmus test for workers, fire all workers who can’t meet the standards, and continue to receive federal contract dollars. This proposed rule would put religious minorities, LGBT people, single parents, women who use contraception or get an abortion, and many more at risk.
Religious freedom is a fundamental American value and it should not be used to harm or discriminate against others. And companies that receive federal contract dollars should not be permitted to discriminate against their workers. More than 20% of the U.S. workforce is employed by a federal contractor and these workers would be at risk for being fired.
The administration issued the rule and gave an abnormally short comment period, which ends on Monday, September 16. Share your concern about allowing taxpayer dollars to be used to discriminate by submitting a comment to the Department of Labor.