The Dismantling of Civil Rights Protections Continues

Kim Krause Berg  

“The most significant shifts in civil rights enforcement in generations”

While the country is distracted with unrest associated with the ending of the Trump administration, the public was excluded from the Justice Department’s request to change Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits recipients of federally funded housing programs, employers, schools, hospitals, and other organizations and programs  from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.

The New York Times reports that, “The Trump administration has embarked on an 11th-hour bid to undo some civil rights protections for minority groups, which could have a ripple effect on women, people with disabilities and L.G.B.T. people, according to a draft document, in a change that would mark one of the most significant shifts in civil rights enforcement in generations.”

Instances where a policy or practice has a “disparate impact” on minority or other groups will no longer be enforced if this change passes. A disparate impact includes employment practices that may appear to be neutral but result in the elimination of minorities or other discrimination.

Related civil rights infringement changes include the removal of affirmative action guidelines by the Justice Department and President Trump’s executive order to remove diversity training programs.

Source: New York Times