The president has already overturned seven of Obama's regulations.
Donald Trump continues to use his pen to roll-back Obama-era executive orders and yesterday did away with the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule which made it harder for companies to receive federal funds if they have been in violation of past wage, labor or workplace safety rules in the past three years, including LGBT discriminations.
This rule wouldn’t entirely restrict their federal contracts, but in order to get them they would have to have proven they were in compliance.
The White House said last month that Donald Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans including the LGBTQ community and that they would not overrule Obama’s protections for LGBT workers:
“The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump."
However, by overturning the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order, the administration in effect has made it harder for the government to monitor these violations and therefore any human rights violations need not be disclosed.
“The [LGBTQ] executive order still exists,” said Camilla Taylor, senior counsel with Lambda Legal. “It’s still the law that federal contractors are not permitted to discriminate. The problem is contracting officers are not going to be given disclosures about when they do. So the ability of federal contracting officials to deny contracts to bad actors has been gutted.”
Sarah Warbelow, legal director at the Human Rights Campaign added, “It’s clear the president does not value workers across the board, including but not limited to, LGBTQ workers.”
Some critics are not accusing President Trump of deliberately going after the LGBT community in this instance, but they are concerned about his free-flowing pen which seems to be aimed at dismantling Obama’s protections through executive orders.
“How meaningful are your protections if companies aren’t required to disclose when they violate the law? The ability of the federal government to deny federal contracts on such a basis have been taken away,” she said. “Our protections are only as valuable as the enforcement tools are effective,” said Taylor.
It is this disregard that many fear will result in Trump penning a “religious liberty” executive order which would allow people to discriminate against others who they feel do not follow their moral convictions.
This order is only conjecture at this point and the White House has made no indications that it will ever be validated