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News Brief Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

News Brief: Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

by Aaron Shepard

News Brief Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

News Brief:  Trump Officials Insist Discrimination Against Gay Employees is Legal

Officials from the Department of Justice appeared in court in late September to argue that discrimination against gay employees is legal.

Under President Obama, the Justice Department regularly intervened in court battles to argue for civil rights protections for LGBT people.  Under Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, though, the Justice Department has abruptly shifted its stance.

The DOJ made an uninvited intervention in a workplace discrimination case, with officials appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.  The Manhattan court was hearing the case of Donald Zarda, a former skydiving instructor who alleges that his old company, Altitude Express Inc, fired him because of his sexuality.

In its surprise intervention, federal government officials sided with the employer, arguing that it is entirely legal to discriminate against gay employees on a federal level.

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