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Trump Flip-Flops on LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination

Are you tired of hearing me rant about this issue? I’m going to keep doing it until this country wakes up and comes to its senses.

“As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens. … ”

Those were the words of then nominee Donald J. Trump at least year’s Republican Convention.

What’s missing from those words?

“ … Unless you’re at work. Then you’re screwed.”

Yesterday, Trump’s White House announced that it will urge the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that Title VII does not ban discrimination against gay employees. The court will decide whether, in that Circuit, Title VII’s definition of “sex” includes LGBTQ individuals. (The 7th Circuit has already says that it does.)

Are you tired of hearing me rant about this issue? Tired of hearing me tell you that it is shameful that in 2017 there still exists a group of people that the law does not clearly protect from discrimination?

Well, I hope not. Because I’m going to keep doing it until this country WAKES UP and comes to its senses.

You can read my long history of support for LGBTQ workplace rights here.

Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.