Congressman Sean Maloney

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Reps. Maloney, Raskin Call on Department of Labor and Trump Administration to Uphold Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Workers

Sep 13, 2019
Press Release

Reps. Maloney, Raskin Call on Department of Labor and Trump Administration to Uphold Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and the House Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus called on Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella and President Trump to reverse the proposed rollback of Obama-era nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“This Administration is going out its way to try and hurt people they see as "different". Well, Congress won’t stand by as the president puts millions of women, LGBTQ people, and immigrant workers who are employed by a federal contractor in harm's way. I’m proud to join with the LGBT Equality Caucus in demanding the Department of Labor stop their efforts to legalize discrimination,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

“President Trump never stops making a mockery of his 2016 campaign promise to fight for the LGBTQ community. I’m proud to join with Rep. Maloney and our fellow Equality Caucus colleagues to call out the Administration’s downright cruel effort to strip away legal protections that federal contract workers have against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin.

Shortly after taking office, President Trump committed to upholding the 2014 executive order, and has since broken his promise to “protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.” The Department of Labor has cited vague and misleading “religious liberty” concerns as the primary reason for the rollback.

In May of 2016, Rep. Maloney led the fight for the inclusion of an amendment upholding President Obama’s 2014 Executive Order protecting federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. After a contentious fight with the then-Republican led House leadership, Rep. Maloney was successful in his efforts to have these critical workplace protections maintained.  

Prior to entering Congress, Rep. Raskin led the successful 2012 floor fight in the Maryland State Senate for marriage equality and the successful 2013 floor fight for transgender civil rights. He now represents the 8th Congressional District of Maryland, home to a diverse and robust LGBTQ+ community and federal contract workers.  The Chair of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, he is a proud Vice Chair of the Equality Caucus and remains an unshakeable ally of the LGBTQ+ community, which has struggled against pervasive legal and social discrimination and continues to fight for equal rights in the workplace and in every other domain of life.

An excerpt from the letter is below: 

 

“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.”

 

Read the letter here.

 

A link to submit a comment on the rule change can be found here or at www.regulations.gov

 

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.  He represents New York’s 18th Congressional District and serves on the Intelligence, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Agriculture Committees.

 

Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll counties. He serves on the House Oversight, Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committees. He is also the Caucus Leadership Representative for the House Democratic Caucus in the 116th Congress.

 

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the eight openly LGBT members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

 

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