A federal judge has just struck down new rights that President Joe Biden had put forth for LGBTQ employees, the Daily Caller reports.
The so-called “protections” came as part of the guidance that Biden, through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), put forth in 2021.
The Biden administration here was attempting to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2020 case Bostock v. Clayton County.
In Bostock, the justices found that the protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do extend to employees who are discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In 2021, the EEOC, accordingly, put forth new guidance looking to take advantage of this ruling.
The guidance, among other things, allowed LGBTQ employees to choose their gender identity and to use that gender identity as the basis for deciding which bathrooms to use in the workplace.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), in September 2021, responded by challenging the EEOC’s guidance in court, arguing, among other things, that the guidance “increases the scope of liability for all employers.”
The court agrees
Last week, District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas Matthew Kacsmaryk handed down his ruling in the case, and that ruling is in favor of Paxton.
Kacsmaryk’s basic conclusion is that the EEOC, with its guidance, went too far. He argued that, while Bostock does afford Title VII protections to LGBTQ employees, those protections do “not necessarily” extend to “all correlated conduct.
Paxton, subsequently, put out a statement celebrating the victory.
The court decision’s is not only a win for the rule of law, but for the safety and protection of Texas children. The Biden Administration’s attempts to radicalize federal law to track its woke political beliefs are beyond dangerous. I will continue to push back against these unlawful attempts to use federal agencies to normalize extremist positions that put millions of Texans at risk.
The question now is whether or not the Biden administration will appeal Kacsmaryk’s decision. It has yet to answer that question, but it is more likely than not that the administration will.