Labor Department Proposes Religious Bias Exemption in Hiring Practices for Federal Contracts

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Labor Department Proposes Religious Bias Exemption in Hiring Practices for Federal Contracts

The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday introduced a rule proposal that may grant non secular organizations contracted by the federal authorities the correct to rent folks based mostly on non secular values and never be hindered by any accusations of discrimination when hiring.

The proposal will likely be printed within the Federal Register on Thursday and is at present out there for public inspection. The rule proposal would assist corporations “make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government.”

“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” appearing Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella said. “As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulates anti-discrimination necessities for companies that work with the federal authorities. However, the workplace acknowledged it made the proposal along with President Donald Trump’s effort to “enforce the robust protections for religious freedom found in federal law.”

Labor Department Proposes Religious Bias Exemption in Hiring Practices for Federal Contracts
Job seekers attend the Putting America Back to Work Job Fair on the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Employers added 292,00 employees in December and the Labor Dept. revised upwards the October and November employment figures. Photo by Richard Levine/Corbis by way of Getty Images

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted Wednesday that the rule proposal discriminates in opposition to a number of teams from doubtlessly getting employed by corporations working for the federal authorities—citing “taxpayer-funded discrimination.”

“The Department of Labor just proposed a rule that aims to let government contractors fire workers who are LGBTQ, or who are pregnant and unmarried, based on the employers’ religious views,” ACLU wrote. “This is taxpayer-funded discrimination within the title of faith. Period.

“This rule seeks to undermine our civil rights protections and encourages discrimination within the office—and we’ll work to cease it.”

The White House on Wednesday made a press release to The Hill, saying the rule proposal doesn’t undercut the president’s “dedication to the LGBTQ neighborhood.”

“In no approach does as we speak’s announcement by the Department of Labor undermine the President’s promise and dedication to the LGBTQ neighborhood. The proposed rule will proceed to responsibly defend non secular freedom and members of the LGBTQ neighborhood from discrimination,” the White House acknowledged.

Workers’ rights for LGBTQ workers have been below the microscope, most notably in 2017 when the Justice Department mentioned sexual discrimination protections don’t prolong to transgender folks, which means sexual discrimination safety isn’t sexual orientation safety.

OFCCP director Craig Leen mentioned the general public has alternative to touch upon the rule proposal, which might have an effect on any ultimate ruling.

“OFCCP is persistently searching for methods to deliver readability and certainty to federal contractors, and this proposal falls squarely inside that effort. The rulemaking course of permits the general public alternative to touch upon the proposal and impression any potential ultimate rule,” Leen mentioned.

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