BOMBSHELL: 18 GOP States Sue Biden

(DCWatchdog.com) – In a new act of resistance against nonsensical far-left policies, eighteen US states governed by Republicans have initiated a legal challenge against the Biden administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The lawsuit is due to the agency’s recent issuance of sexual harassment guidelines that extensively safeguard transgender employees.

This lawsuit, spearheaded by Tennessee’s Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, was filed on Monday, National Review reports.

It contends that the EEOC is exceeding its constitutional boundaries by including gender identity within the scope of Title VII, which traditionally guards against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

While these states concur with the Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which recognized that terminating employees for being transgender or gay amounts to sex-based discrimination, they dispute the applicability of this decision to the specific accommodations mandated by the EEOC’s recent directives.

These directives, updated for the first time in nearly a quarter century on April 29, obligate employers to honor transgender employees’ chosen pronouns and allow them access to bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

Noncompliance with these guidelines by employers, their staff, or patrons could result in legal liability.

The coalition of states asserts that although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ensures women’s equality in the workplace, the EEOC is not authorized to enforce accommodation requirements for transgender employees.

“EEOC has no authority to resolve these highly controversial and localized issues, which are properly reserved for Congress and the states,” says the lawsuit, extending over 46 pages

Furthermore, the legal challenge questions the validity of the guidance on the grounds that the EEOC, an independent federal entity, does not possess the requisite enforcement powers for gender-identity protections.

Although theoretically possible for the President to dismiss the five commissioners of the EEOC, it remains improbable under President Joe Biden, who has been instrumental in establishing the new regulations.

Following his inauguration in 2021, President Biden enacted an executive order that enabled the gender-identity protections later implemented by the EEOC and the Department of Education under both Title VII and Title IX—the latter prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funding.

Biden’s reinterpretation of Title IX is also facing legal challenges from several Republican-led states.

“In America, the Constitution gives the power to make laws to the people’s elected representatives, not to unaccountable commissioners, and this EEOC guidance is an attack on our constitutional separation of powers,” Skrmetti stated.

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