US Justice Department LGBT employees feel discriminated against

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LGBT+ employees of the US Justice Department raised concerns of discrimination under the Trump administration. Many staff have left the department and morale is dropping down. Attorney General William Barr said he is “troubled” about these claims and promised to investigate it. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed News to activists with DOJ Pride, a group working for LGBT+ Justice Department Members, Barr said he had taken steps to sign a special statement to provide equal employment opportunities for them. He added he would look into specific claims of discrimination raised by employees. “Employment decisions at the Department must be made solely on merit and free from discrimination. Every employee should know that I stand by that principle.” The EEO statement reportedly states that no current or potential worker should be judged and valued on the basis of the non-merit factors, including sexual orientation. A recent survey by DOJ Pride found that 31 percent of respondents felt that the Department of Justice “values its LGBTQ employees”. Around 43 percent said “the Department of Justice does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”

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