The Trump administration recently proposed a rule that would significantly expand the number of federal contractors eligible for a religious exemption under Executive Order 11246—effectively stripping protections from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin for their workers. The U.S. Department of Labor is supposed to protect workers and fully enforce the law, but this proposed rule would open the door to taxpayer-funded discrimination against the very people the executive order is intended to protect. We only have until September 16, 2019, to tell the Labor Department to stop trying to undermine the rights of workers and protect them from discrimination.
The administration is legally required to read every comment submitted to them about this rule. But identical comments can be discarded, so your unique, personal story helps make the case for protecting workers and will make your story heard. To personalize your message, think about answering the questions below or just share why nondiscrimination protections matter to you, your family, and your community:
- As a taxpayer, why is it important for your money to not fund discrimination?
- Have you ever experienced discrimination or worried about being discriminated against when looking for a job? How did these things affect you?
- Why do you think it is important to protect people from discrimination in the workplace?
Stop Attacks on Federal Workplace Protections