Freedom of religion is one of our nation’s fundamental values. But religious freedom doesn't give us the right to harm others.
The Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would turn religious liberty into a license to discriminate with taxpayer dollars. Under the rule, a business or organization contracting with the federal government – therefore receiving taxpayer money – could use religion to justify discriminating against employees.
The rule would authorize discrimination against LGBTQ people, those who are pregnant and unmarried, and any other group or individual deemed unfit based on the employer’s religious beliefs.
The new rule would weaponize religion and undercut the constitutional rights of LGBTQ people, all women, and more. If it goes into effect, here's what could happen in workplaces funded with taxpayer dollars:
- Employers citing religious objections could fire LGBTQ people and those who are pregnant and umarried
- Transgender employees forced to dress and use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity
- Employers picking and choosing which employees receive which benefits
- Qualified job candidates denied interviews solely because of a religious objection to their existence
If this isn't the kind of country we want to live in, then we must speak up before the September 16 deadline.
Tell you MoC you do NOT support this change. Make your voice heard with your public comments at: Regulations.gov
Sign the petition at: ACLU