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Cain: Jeff Sessions’ Transgender Worker Protection Reversal is Reckless, Callous

October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, it was reported that the Department of Justice has revoked a federal policy protecting transgender workers from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In response, EMILY's List Executive Director Emily Cain released the following statement:

"Reversing protection under the law for transgender Americans is wrong. America is at its best when every individual is free from discrimination. EMILY's List women understand that and won't stop fighting until we have leaders who are committed to lifting up their constituents, not pushing them down."

"With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions have once again demonstrated their callous disregard for civil rights. Trump and his Republican allies have repeatedly catered to an extreme right-wing ideology over the interests of hardworking Americans. The EMILY's List community will hold them accountable by electing more pro-choice Democratic women who will stand up against this kind of discrimination every step of the way."

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