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Justice department: sex discrimination ban does not protect transgender people

The US Department of Justice is taking the position that the federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace does not apply to transgender employees.

The move that could weaken legal protections for people already experiencing higher rates of bias was announced by the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in a memo dated Wednesday and obtained by BuzzFeed.

For those who argue the law should apply to trans workers, the announcement comes as a significant setback. It means that the government will no longer back their claims in court, and it will affect how hundreds of attorneys and investigators for the federal government respond to civil rights complaints from transgender people.

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