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Some Fear WH Won't Approve Updated Harassment Guidance

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By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:46 AM

Some civil rights advocates fear the White House will not approve an Obama-era proposal from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to update federal anti-harassment guidance for employers to include such things as gender identity and sexual orientation, The Hill reports.

The proposal, released 10 days before Donald Trump took office last year, runs counter to how his administration has interpreted discrimination regulations. The White House is still reviewing the proposal.

"We have great concern that the deliberate and careful process that led to the right decision made by the EEOC in this guidance may be subject to the same fate as quick, partisan, hostile interpretation of rights for kids in education," Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, told The Hill.

She was referring to actions taken as recently this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms that reflect their gender identity, The Washington Post has reported. 

"You can be sure that organizations like mine that have sued the Department of Education for rolling back civil rights for kids will be carefully considering what the administration tries to do in terms of unraveling this guidance," Farrell told The Hill.

But Neomi Rao, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), reportedly told a Federalist Society teleconference last week her agency is mindful of over-regulation.

"We want to make sure guidance isn't a back door to regulating," she said.

And Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the conservative Family Research Council, told The Hill: "The EEOC has no business smuggling these concepts into the law through its strained interpretation of ‘sex discrimination."

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