Bloomberg Law
July 31, 2018, 11:32 AM

Trump Administration Rift on LGBT Worker Rights Nears Showdown

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

A dispute within the Trump administration over whether LGBT workers are protected by federal employment law could be coming to a head.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s position is that a federal ban on sex discrimination at work includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The Justice Department, which controls government involvement in cases before the Supreme Court, says Congress didn’t have gay and transgender workers in mind when it passed the Civil Rights Act more than five decades ago.

Lawyers for a Michigan funeral home recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the company had the right to ...

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