Monday, January 7, 2019

Lesbian EEOC appointment dies in Senate

EEOC Commission member Chai Feldblum is out. She had been reappointed by President Trump to another term on the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that oversees the nation's antidiscrimination laws. She had served on the Commission since 2010.

Representative Mike Lee of Utah unfairly blocked her reappointment, arguing that her discussion of religious freedom suggested that it sometimes might have to yield to nondiscrimination laws, an uncontroversial idea that has been approved by conservative members of the Supreme Court.

In 2012, she was part of the EEOC’s unanimous ruling, in Macy v ATF, that employment discrimination against transgender people because of their sex violates federal sex discrimination laws. This, too, had been approved by many judicial opinions by conservative judges.

She was also a primary architect of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a groundbreaking law that greatly broadened and solidified the principle that discrimination based on any kind of disability should not prevent a qualified worker from holding a job.

She will be greatly missed in her official role of advancing civil rights in this country.

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