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Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in opposing the Department of Labor’s proposed rule rescinding Obama-era nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We are urging Acting Secretary Pizzella to withdraw the rule to
ensure that the tens of millions of workers affected by the change have the opportunity to share how it could put them in harm’s way.

If you would like to add your name to this letter, please do so by completing this form by Wednesday, September 11th at 5 p.m (today!). If you have any questions, please contact Jacob.Glick@mail.house.gov in Rep. Raskin’s office or Beverly.Hart@mail.house.gov in
Rep. Maloney’s office.

Very truly yours,

Jamie Raskin                           Sean Patrick Maloney

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

Dear Acting Secretary Pizzella, 

As Members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, we write to strongly oppose the Department of Labor’s recently proposed rule change, Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption, a policy reversal that
would hollow out the crucial anti-discrimination protections set forth under Executive Order (EO) 11246 for all federal contractors.  

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) proposal uses religious freedom as a pretext to strip away equal workplace rights for LGBTQ Americans, women, and religious minorities.  If implemented, it will threaten the economic security of tens
of millions of workers across the country and open the doors to bigotry and intolerance in the workplace. We urge the Department to immediately withdraw the proposed rule.  

In 2014, President Obama revised EO 11246 to ensure that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would be forbidden under the rule. This important expansion of the rule protected millions of American workers employed by federal government
contractors and ensured protection against unfair bigotry and discrimination in the workplace for federal contractors. 

This tool has never been more important than it is today, considering the fact that your department—which is responsible for enforcing EO 11246—has reported a dramatic rise in reported discrimination against LGBTQ employees, with a threefold increase in
complaints since 2016. 

As a reminder to you and your colleagues, on January 31, 2017, President Trump committed to keeping these protections intact, which is why we are especially alarmed by the way in which the OFCCP now aggressively seeks to pave the way for anti-LGBTQ discrimination to
return to the American federal contractor workplace.

We are disappointed that you have worked to advance this troubling rule in the early days of your tenure as Labor Secretary instead of working with Congress to articulate a clear and fair balance between religious freedom and equal rights for all in the
contractor workplace.  We urge the OFCCP and this Administration to immediately withdraw this proposed rule and engage in conversations with our Members about ways to ensure that the government can guarantee religious freedom and equal dignity to all American
workers. 

Sincerely, 

 

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