“Protecting the workplace rights of LGBT workers is a moral imperative,” Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez says. In more than a year and a half, though, his department has remained silent on whether it is taking that action it can to help those workers.
“I don’t have anything on that, I’m afraid, but I’ll let you know if anything changes,” a department spokeswoman says. Action is “imperative,” one advocate says, while another says the Labor Department’s continued inaction is “lawless.”
As a new secretary takes over the helm at the Labor Department, LGBT advocates raise questions about inaction on transgender workers’ protections — and the White House’s role in that inaction.
Although Secretary Solis pushed the question to a subordinate on Thursday, months of questions to the Labor Department have gone unanswered. Despite the silence, Solis told BuzzFeed that they have “been working on this issue for a long time.”