Texas sues Biden administration over transgender worker rights guidelines

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) sued the Biden administration on Monday on guidelines it released in June requiring employers to offer certain protections to transgender workers.

The Paxton trial – who appoints Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) chairperson Charlotte Burrows and Attorney General Merrick garlandMerrick GarlandGrassley Calls on Federal Prosecutor to Investigate FBI botched investigation Nassar Durham seeks to indict lawyer with Democratic ties: Reports woman allegedly abused by Nassar after being reported to FBI: “I don’t shouldn’t be here “MORE as defendants – seeks declaratory relief and an injunction against the application of the June guidelines, which she says are “illegal”.

The EEOC issued guidelines in June that employers are not allowed to prevent transgender employees from dressing in a way that is compatible with their gender identity and employers cannot prevent transgender people from accessing services. bathrooms, changing rooms or showers that correspond to their gender identity.

It also states that the use of incorrect pronouns or names inconsistent with a person’s gender identity may be considered harassment in certain circumstances.

The guidance was based on a June 2020 Supreme Court decision – Bostock v. Clayton County – who stated that the prohibition of sex discrimination that is included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes employment discrimination against an individual based on sexual orientation. or transgender status.

Paxton argues that the EEOC violated Title VII when it released a tech support document last year that examined the impact of Bostock’s decision, according to the Texas Tribune.

Paxton wrote in the lawsuit that the guidelines “misrepresent the law, increasing the scope of the state’s responsibility as an employer”, adding that Burrows “did not even have the power to publish them.”

“States should be able to choose the privacy of their employers over subjective gender views, and this illegal orientation puts many women and children at risk,” Paxton said in a statement.

“If the Biden administration believes it can force states to conform to their political agenda, my office will stand up against their sweeping attempt at social change. These backdoor attempts to force companies, including the state of Texas, to align with their beliefs are unacceptable, ”he added.

The lawsuit comes after a group of 20 GOP-led states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration last month during guidelines that the Bostock decision could also be applied to transgender workers and students when they use bathrooms, locker rooms or join sports teams.

The lawsuit, led by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R), said the EEOC “has issued” interpretations “of federal anti-discrimination law far beyond what the legislation, regulatory requirements, judicial precedents and the Constitution allow. “

When reached by The Hill, the EEOC declined to comment, citing an ongoing litigation. The Hill has reached out to Garland for comment.


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