Target: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Goal: Applaud efforts to protect transgender people in the workplace
For countless transgender Americans, losing your job because of discrimination is a real threat. More than 32 states across the U.S. offer no legal protections for transgender people in the workplace. However, a change in the 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will finally make it illegal to discriminate against individuals in the workforce based on gender identity.
Under the new policy, the United States Department of Justice will no longer be able to contend that trans people aren’t protected under the Civil Rights Act. Also, the department’s Civil Rights Division will now be required to act on claims against state and local public employees and organizations that single out trans workers.
The change in legislation comes after a series of victories for trans rights in the U.S., including a case by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which found that trans people in the workplace face a higher risk of discrimination and job loss and are often overlooked when promotions or seats at executive levels become available. All in all, they face unfair disadvantages and hurdles that are virtually unknown to non-trans workers in the workplace.
Despite President Barack Obama’s executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, many states have upheld their own prejudiced legislation, while others, like California, Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. The new policy is indeed a step towards guaranteeing that all transgender Americans are protected from workplace discrimination.
Sign the petition to applaud the efforts of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and support the eradication of prejudice against trans people in the workforce.
Dear Attorney General Holder,
It has recently come to my attention that the United States has moved forward with a new policy and legislation that will make discrimination against trans people in the workplace illegal. Currently, with no real federal law banning discrimination based on gender identity, transgender Americans face a host of unfair disadvantages when seeking employment, or being considered for promotions. Worse yet, some are even fired for simply being who they are.
This new policy will ensure that all trans Americans are safe from undue inequality and is a step towards guaranteeing full equality for every transgender person living in the U.S. As a supporter of LGBT rights, I am truly overjoyed at your decision to spearhead such groundbreaking legislation.
Thank you for supporting the rights of transgender people in America and I hope to see more revolutionary progress made towards protecting our LGBT population.
[Your Name Here]
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