EEOC sued for religious discrimination

The government agency charged with investigating discrimination in the  workplace is itself facing a discrimination lawsuit by a worker claiming he was  forced to violate his religious beliefs.

Greg Somers, an investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,  has filed a lawsuit over an agency policy requiring employees to investigate and  prosecute claims against employers based on allegations of “sexual  orientation.”

However, claims of discrimination based on “sexual orientation” have no basis  in federal law.

In 2011, the EEOC, under the Obama administration, issued a policy directive  requiring that claims of discrimination on the basis of lesbian, “gay,” bisexual  or transgender status be processed as gender discrimination.

Shortly after the memo was issued, Somers requested a religious exemption  from being forced to investigate LGBT claims, arguing it violated his sincerely  held religious belief that homosexuality, along with adultery and other sexual  practices, is a personal choice. Towards the end of last year, after working its  way through the federal administrative process, Somers was told his request had  been denied.

Somers has since filed a lawsuit against the EEOC alleging his rights are  being violated under the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Civil Rights  Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The suit also claims that  the EEOC policy violates the separation of powers between the legislative and  executive branches of government


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