USA Today article The Trump administration has proposed a new executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of religion.
Trump has pledged to “banish” federal contractors who engage in religious discrimination from the federal workforce.
President Trump speaks during a swearing-in ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2021.
President Trump announces new guidelines for federal contractors to avoid discrimination.
The Trump administration plans to establish new rules that would require federal contractors with religious objections to refrain from hiring individuals with religious affiliation, and would require contractors to hire employees from a place of religious accommodation, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
The order will also bar contractors from refusing to provide services to individuals based on their religious beliefs, including providing them with goods and services.
Federal contractors will be required to “provide nondiscriminatory and nondiscrimination-related services to employees on the grounds of religious affiliation,” the DOJ said.
The administration said the regulations will “create an environment where government contractors will have a safe and effective work environment, and they will not be required, under any circumstances, to discriminate against any individual for any reason.”
The White House said the orders will take effect on January 5, 2021, and will not affect any federal contract or contracts.
The White Houses statement did not specify which contractors would be affected.
The Trump Administration has been working to undo protections in the Obama-era Obama-Care law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits companies from refusing services to their employees based on religion.
In June, the Trump administration announced a sweeping proposal to repeal the Obama law that would allow employers to fire workers who are gay or transgender.
Trump signed a new bill repealing the Affordable Health Care Act in December, but the bill is stalled in Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on June 20.