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Attorney General William Barr Calls for Investigation after Complaint Filed by DOJ Pride

U. S. Attorney General William Barr

Thursday, Pulpit & Pen posted an article on the newly introduced civil rights legislation, the Equality Act,

As reported, one of the significant impacts of the legislation is the inclusion of explicit language that will prohibit discrimination specific to sexual orientation and gender identity (Transgenderism) in employment.

However, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Commission already interprets and enforces the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII in protecting the rights of individuals from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

On Friday, U. S. Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation after receiving an open letter from DOJ Pride which is a LBGTQ employee group within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and was founded in 1964 to protect the empolyment rights of the DOJ LGBTQ.

The letter formerly complains that moral within the Department of Justice has declined for, among many reasons, the following:

● “The DOJ is no longer the welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees that it once was.”
● “It’s harder for gay men and trans people to work in the BOP. The BOP definitely does not attract or very often retain gay men and trans people.”
● “Agents attend[ing] the FBI academy that are gay and/or latino are definitely discriminated against and in many cases evaluated more harshly than other new agents and dismissed from the academy.”
● “Please do something about the FBI’s unfair evaluation process at the FBI Academy. There are many gay agents attending that are dismissed because they are not ‘bro-y’ or masculine enough.”
● “I have had many LGBTQ friends either leave the Department or express disinterest in applying to openings in the Department in the first instance.”
● “I am leaving the DOJ in part due to the DOJ’s treatment of its LGBTQ employees.”

● “It’s difficult and demoralizing not knowing if your employer really believes LGBTQ people should have antidiscrimination protections (housing, employment, accommodations) or not.”
● “As a department, it doesn’t feel like DOJ welcomes LGBTQ employees to bring their full selves to work.”

Pay specific attention to the complaint that “As a department, it doesn’t feel like the DOJ welcomes LGBTQ employees to bring their full selves to work” includes Transgenders.

This begs the question: If both the DOJ and EEOC currently interpret and enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity, why the so-called need for “explicit” language to include these groups?

It’s certain that this need goes beyond the inclusion of language to protect transgender persons from discrimination in both state and federal enployment. It’s currently being enforced by the DOJ and the EEOC.

Once again, as stated in Thursday’s article, the LGBTQ need this inclusive language:

The language of the Equality Act is not ambiguous, LGBTQ activists, including those in the federal government are intending to pass this legislation to prohibit free speech in the public square. No longer will a Christian be able to call a male person a male nor a female person a female in public spaces if they identify different than their gender at birth (Transgenderism). It would be illegal to “misgender” a person.