Transgender employees and agents, specifically those in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are finding it difficult to acquire higher level jobs in government positions, specifically within the Bureau of Prisons. Many reasons, including lack of manliness, are stated as explanations for why they are not hired for specific work opportunities. Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned certain members of the Justice Department to investigate these accusations and discriminatory circumstances.
As a recently sworn in Attorney General, Mr. Barr has been adjusting to a position that underwent drastic changes under his predecessor, Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions attempted to focus his civil rights work on people of faith, making transgender citizens feel discriminated against and less important than others. Mr. Barr has addressed these issues and is working to improve the current agenda.
DOJ Pride Speaks Out
The DOJ Pride, a Justice Department advocate group dedicated to protecting the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, sent a letter to Mr. Barr urging a response. Members stated that they felt increased alienation in the Justice Department since President Trump started his administration. The DOJ Pride feels that the Justice Department shows a lack of value and underappreciation toward them as individuals. This department plays a major role implementing laws in society and the DOJ Pride does not feel valuable or respected under this department.
After reading through the DOJ Pride’s concerns, Mr. Barr addressed the entire Justice Department in a letter that promised it will not discriminate against employees based on gender, race, or sexual orientation, among other factors. Mr. Barr also stated that employment decisions within the Justice Department are made solely based on quality and merit of the candidate and not discriminatory factors. The 115,000 employees that received this letter were informed that Mr. Barr stands by his pledge and intends to raise the moral that has dropped within transgender, gay, and lesbian employees within the past couple of years.
FBI Requests Diversity
The FBI also released a statement acknowledging their need for many different backgrounds and people within the department to learn from different perspectives and protect the American people in the best way possible. Discrimination is not tolerated within any division of the FBI and Mr. Barr has stated that the Justice Department will act quickly and effectively when notified of employees who feel they have been discriminated against.
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