October 5, 2017, New York – In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo on Department of Justice employment protections for transgender people, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo reversing the DOJ’s interpretation of Title VII and attempting to rescind employment protections for transgender people is another act of blatant discrimination threatening the lives and livelihoods of transgender communities. Transgender people, especially trans women of color, already experience high rates of workplace discrimination, and in a context of broader and growing violence against their communities. The Title VII protections for gender identity are clear under this country’s civil rights law and numerous court rulings, and this flagrant effort to strip basic workplace protections from people who already experience pervasive transphobic discrimination is both inhumane and unlawful. CCR expresses our solidarity with transgender communities in resisting these escalating attacks and stands with them in the struggle to live and work in dignity.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.