By Sarah Warbelow
Since its first day in office, the Trump-Pence administration has targeted our most vulnerable — asylum seekers and children, hospital patients and students. Through regulations, executive orders, and the megaphone of Trump’s Twitter account, the Trump-Pence administration has worked to systematically dismantle the civil rights safety net so many of us rely on. Time and again, this administration manipulated our institutions, which were designed to protect our rights and welfare, into tools to advance their own discriminatory agenda.
This time, Trump-Pence are taking aim at our nation’s workers — carving up longstanding federal protections and inviting companies to discriminate.
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Department of Labor published last month would add an unprecedented and expansive religious exemption to the regulations implementing Executive Order 11,246. This executive order prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This executive order and its implementing regulations affect the vast majority of workers employed by a federal contractor or subcontractor — 20 percent of our nation’s workforce.
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