A federal judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from largely enforcing President Trump's executive order in September on diversity training. or sexual bias.
The court decision issued by the U.S. District Court in San Jose Tuesday in Santa Cruz Lesbian and Gay Community Center et al. v. Trump et al ., responded to a lawsuit filed by NGOs and consultants serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with the human immunodeficiency virus.
The injunction applies to government contractors and recipients of federal grants.
Elected President Joe Biden was expected to issue his own executive order reversing the Trump order. The executive decision had raised concerns that it would strengthen many companies' diversity education programs. actually harm. "
The plaintiff" has provided evidence that a significant portion of their funding comes from federal contracts and grants, "the judges said.
They have argued that" training on unconscious bias is critical to the plaintiff's mission and work. .. The plaintiffs do not know if they can continue with this critical training, or if it is contrary to the “executive order. … In addition, as the Government itself acknowledges, the work carried out by the plaintiff is very important for historically underserved communities. "Their 'ability to perform their duties is impaired by the executive order.'
Laura A. Mitchell, Principal of Jackson Lewis P.C. in Denver, said that while some employers had advanced in response to the executive order, "it was certainly not activated yet for employers until it began to appear in contracts."
While President-elect Biden may revoke the executive order, the injunction applies to any enforcement that may take place before he does so, she said.
Michael Sage, CEO of New York-based SAGE, which provides services and advocacy for LGBT elders, said in a statement, "This injunction may
" We have already suspended training due to the threat of this executive order , educations that are an integral part of SAGE's ability to carry out its work on behalf of LGBT older adults in a meaningful and effective way that explicitly recognizes the effects of systemic racism, sexism and anti-LGBT prejudices on our societies and the country writes a lot.
The statement was issued by the New York Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which had represented the plaintiff. in the fall.
Government attorneys did not respond to a request for comment. Catalog