Scott and Takano Joint Statement on Rollback of Transgender Worker Rights

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice is reversing a policy that protects transgender workers from discrimination. 

“Attorney General Sessions’ decision to dismiss the Obama administration’s memo to protect transgender Americans under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is yet another example of the Trump administration’s disturbing pattern of rolling back the civil rights of the most vulnerable Americans. In 1989, the Supreme Court found in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins that gender discrimination based on sex stereotyping is a violation of Title VII.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and a number of federal court decisions built on the precedent from Price Waterhouse, have found sex discrimination does include discrimination on the basis of sex stereotyping – which also includes gender identity.  This administration’s retreat on civil rights is ever growing and Congress must step in and pass the Equality Act, a bill to expressly protect the rights of transgender persons and the LBGT community.”

Press Contact

Kiara Pesante,202-226-0853 (Scott)
Josh Weisz, 202- 225-2305 (Takano)