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October 6, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn’t protect transgender employees

WORKFORCE/TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | In 2014, former Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo explicitly stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender employees from discrimination. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released a memo stating that this law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. (NBC News, 10/5)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday asserting that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. The memo refers specifically to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex.

“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” the memo, signed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, states. “Title VII expressly prohibits discrimination ‘because of sex…’ and several other protected traits, but it does not refer to gender identity. ‘Sex’ is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female.”

HEALTH CARE | United Medical Center Nurses Want Changes At Troubled Hospital (WAMU, 10/6)

– According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the city’s 2018 budget doesn’t include enough funding for affordable housing for the District’s extremely low-income families. (DCFPI, 10/5)

– Housing Insights, a new affordable housing tool designed to help policymakers and advocates understand the state of affordable housing in the District, has launched. Try the tool now

IMMIGRATION | Sanctuary DMV, a local network of activists who want to help immigrant communities, have created a rapid response number for people to call if they are experiencing or witnessing an ICE raid. (WCP, 10/5)

EDUCATION‘Concern’ And ‘Confusion’ As Schools Review New Sexual Assault Guidelines (WAMU, 10/8)

VETERANS | Starting next month, Prince William County, VA veterans who are arrested and have to appear in court will have a special hearing on a “veterans docket”. (Potomac Local, 10/5)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Citing the lack of women artists in museums, this local artist is intentionally featuring only artwork by women in her latest exhibit. (WTOP, 10/6)

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Prevention Coordinator | Montgomery County Collaboration Council – New!
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Director of Development | The Literacy Lab
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Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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– Kendra

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