Justice department: sex discrimination ban does not protect transgender people

Jeff Sessions memo says federal protections do not include ‘gender identity’ in move that could weaken safeguards for transgender workers

The US Department of Justice is taking the position that the federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace does not apply to transgender employees.

The move that could weaken legal protections for people already experiencing higher rates of biaswas announced by the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in a memo dated Wednesday and obtained by BuzzFeed.

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