The president Donald Trump administration has allegedly gutted transgender rights guidance for federal employees quietly as agencies have been told to treat people only on the basis of biological sex.
According to reports by think progress, the revisions were made to public guidance on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website to remove transgender rights protection completely.
The old guidance that was drawn during the leadership of former president Barack Obama had instructed that federal agencies “review their anti-discrimination policies to ensure that they afford a non-discriminatory working environment to employees irrespective of their gender identity or perceived gender non-conformity.”
The recent revision which was apparently made in the previous week completely erased all mention of the words “gender non-conforming” and “transgender”. They have now been replaced with languages that effectively helps to reverse several of the inclusive policies.
In this new guidance, it is stated that all employees in gender-specific roles must be treated “in accordance with the individual’s biological sex,” replacing the place where the pervious materials stated that these people should be treated as the gender they prefer.
The part of the former guidance which directed employers to make a shift from gender-specific appearance and stress rules was audio changed and now states that agencies are advised to put in place “policies [that] require employees to follow dress and appearance rules consistent with the professional standards of their occupation.”
It was also noticed that sections on the core concept of gender non-conforming and transgender identities were erased from the web page.
It is now stated in the Office of Personnel Management webpage that the diversity and inclusion policies of agencies should be reviewed “with the plain meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
It is clear that the reference to the ordinary meaning of the civil rights act is a contradiction to the stance of the Obama administration that civil rights laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sex also outlaws discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
The President Trump administration has argued in court previously that the section should be applied only direct gender discrimination.