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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:47 AM

Dept of Labor--government contractors can fire LGBTQ and pregnant/unmarried women





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BREAKING: The Department of Labor just proposed a rule that aims to let government contractors fire workers who are LGBTQ, or who are pregnant and unmarried, based on the employers’ religious views.

This is taxpayer-funded discrimination in the name of religion. Period.

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Reply Dept of Labor--government contractors can fire LGBTQ and pregnant/unmarried women (Original post)
Mrs. Overall Aug 14 OP
RKP5637 Aug 14 #1
virgogal Aug 14 #3
RKP5637 Aug 14 #4
BruceWane Aug 14 #8
RKP5637 Aug 14 #21
riversedge Aug 14 #2
smirkymonkey Aug 14 #5
Proud Liberal Dem Aug 14 #9
Maggiemayhem Aug 14 #19
Takket Aug 14 #6
OnDoutside Aug 14 #25
lpbk2713 Aug 14 #7
onecaliberal Aug 14 #10
mahatmakanejeeves Aug 14 #12
mahatmakanejeeves Aug 14 #11
RKP5637 Aug 14 #22
logosoco Aug 14 #13
Politicub Aug 14 #14
IronLionZion Aug 14 #15
world wide wally Aug 14 #16
riversedge Aug 14 #17
Maggiemayhem Aug 14 #20
RKP5637 Aug 14 #23
PoindexterOglethorpe Aug 14 #18
RKP5637 Aug 14 #24
The Genealogist Aug 14 #26

Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:02 PM

1. Each day the US becomes a more fucked up place, embracing all forms of discrimination and

hatred. It's an ugly country if this continues. Soon, the US will embrace religious wars. What a lovely place. There will not be any worry about immigrants, many people will want to leave if they have the means, none will want to come to the US.



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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:05 PM

3. Oh for heaven's sake people are risking their lives to

come here now,there are worse countries.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:06 PM

4. Yes, that is true today, but the future? Hopefully 2020 will start to correct this crap. n/t

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Response to virgogal (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:17 PM

8. "there are worse countries"

That's quite a glowing assessment of our current state.

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Response to BruceWane (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:51 PM

21. Definitely! I just do not want to see us become one of them. Hopefully 2020 will fix this!!! n/t

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:03 PM

2. I just saw that. WTF!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:13 PM

5. This has got to stop! As far as I know, we still have separation of Church and State and that

should prohibit any religious beliefs taking precedence over legally protected rights. What is this Christian Sharia shit? Would it work the other way around? Can non-Christians or athiests fire Christians?

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:21 PM

9. I think we know the answer to that

But nobody should be firing anybody for arbitrary/non-performance reasons.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:08 PM

19. Watch The Family on Netfix

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:15 PM

6. Tired of winning yet katelyn Jenner?

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Response to Takket (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:05 PM

25. Lol.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:15 PM

7. It's clear. Now we know rethuglicans are calling the shots.




It's time to take our country back.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:24 PM

10. Unconstitutional

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:49 PM

12. Cite, please. NT

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:44 PM

11. U.S. DOL Proposes Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

News Release

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSES A RULE CLARIFYING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. The proposed rule is currently available for public inspection and will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, August 15, 2019.

The proposed rule is rooted in statute, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes a critical, protective exemption for religious organizations. A similar exemption is included in Executive Order 11246 and OFCCP’s regulations, which govern certain employment practices of federal contractors. Recent Supreme Court decisions - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores - further address the protections afforded religious organizations and individuals under the Constitution and federal law. Executive Orders 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, and 13831, Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, along with U.S. Department of Justice guidance, likewise instruct federal agencies to protect religious exercise and not impede it.

In keeping with that rich history, the proposed rule would clarify that religious organizations may make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government. The proposal also reaffirms employers’ obligations not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or other protected bases and does not exempt or excuse a contractor from complying with any other requirements.

“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella remarked. “As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig Leen said, “OFCCP is consistently looking for ways to bring clarity and certainty to federal contractors, and this proposal falls squarely within that effort. The rulemaking process allows the public opportunity to comment on the proposal and impact any potential final rule.”

Consistent with the President’s policy to enforce the robust protections for religious freedom found in federal law, the proposed rule states that it should be construed to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise recognized by the Constitution and other laws, such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Comments must be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by September 16, 2019.

OFCCP is a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor. It enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Collectively, these laws prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. Additionally, contractors must act affirmatively to ensure equal employment opportunity in their employment processes, and they must not discriminate against applicants or employees because they inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Date: August 14, 2019
Release Number: 19-736-NAT
Contact: Edwin Nieves
Phone Number: 202-693-4655
Email: nieves.edwin@dol.gov

Federal Contract Compliance Programs Office

Proposed Rules

Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause's Religious Exemption


Filed on: 08/14/2019 at 8:45 am
Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/15/2019
FR Document: 2019-17472

PDF 46 Pages (369 KB)
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Here's where to submit your comments at Regulations.gov:

Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause's Religious Exemption

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:53 PM

22. They see not having the right to persecute others as persecution against them. A one way

street. How creepy!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:51 PM

13. but if their religious views are really deeply held

won't they also have to fire those with tattoos, hair cuts, mixed material in clothing, shellfish eaters, etc.? That is in the same part of this book they say they are going by.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:07 PM

14. Welcome to segregation 2.0

Vote. Our lives depend on it!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:19 PM

15. They're losing on policy so they're going all in on culture wars

assholes.

I can't even begin to describe how much our votes matter and how the 2 parties are not even close to being the same. Dems need to win big enough to fix all this more permanently with laws passed by both houses of Congress.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:42 PM

16. Discrimination in the name of religion is STILL discrimination.

And that is supposed to be against the fucking law.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:58 PM

17. hattip to post #11-- It is the holly lobby etc Religious Liberty crap..............Comment section

opens tomorrow. Please comment and forward this to all you know.




U.S. DOL Proposes Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

News Release

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSES A RULE CLARIFYING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. The proposed rule is currently available for public inspection and will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, August 15, 2019.


The proposed rule is rooted in statute, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes a critical, protective exemption for religious organizations. A similar exemption is included in Executive Order 11246 and OFCCP’s regulations, which govern certain employment practices of federal contractors. Recent Supreme Court decisions - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores - further address the protections afforded religious organizations and individuals under the Constitution and federal law. Executive Orders 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, and 13831, Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, along with U.S. Department of Justice guidance, likewise instruct federal agencies to protect religious exercise and not impede it.

In keeping with that rich history, the proposed rule would clarify that religious organizations may make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government. The proposal also reaffirms employers’ obligations not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or other protected bases and does not exempt or excuse a contractor from complying with any other requirements.

“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella remarked. “As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Craig Leen said, “OFCCP is consistently looking for ways to bring clarity and certainty to federal contractors, and this proposal falls squarely within that effort. The rulemaking process allows the public opportunity to comment on the proposal and impact any potential final rule.”

Consistent with the President’s policy to enforce the robust protections for religious freedom found in federal law, the proposed rule states that it should be construed to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise recognized by the Constitution and other laws, such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Comments must be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by September 16, 2019.

OFCCP is a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor. It enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. Collectively, these laws prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. Additionally, contractors must act affirmatively to ensure equal employment opportunity in their employment processes, and they must not discriminate against applicants or employees because they inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Date: August 14, 2019
Release Number: 19-736-NAT
Contact: Edwin Nieves
Phone Number: 202-693-4655
Email: nieves.edwin@dol.gov

Federal Contract Compliance Programs Office

Proposed Rules

Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause's Religious Exemption

Filed on: 08/14/2019 at 8:45 am
Scheduled Pub. Date: 08/15/2019
FR Document: 2019-17472

PDF 46 Pages (369 KB)
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Response to riversedge (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:18 PM

20. None of that case law was for federal contractors.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:01 PM

23. We're evolving into a country where persecution against some is perfectly OK, but others a big NO.

It's really fucked up for a country that boasts about its equality, freedom and all the rest of the bullshit. To not persecute others is seen as an infringement on rights of the persecutor. So damn bizarre. The US will become totally F'ed like the rest of those countries with religious cultures infringing on the rights of everyone in a persecutory manner.


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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:00 PM

18. Pretty soon well be back to lunch counters that are whites only.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:02 PM

24. And back of the bus for all people of color. n/t

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:22 PM

26. Many of these people feel that LGBTQ People being allowed to live offends their religious views

How long til they start slaughtering us with full government blessing?

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