KS AG Derek Schmidt sues Biden administration to stop enforcement of new guidance threatening women’s sports
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the Biden administration from enforcing new, expansive and unlawful interpretations of federal antidiscrimination laws. Read the full press release below:
The complaint, filed by 18 states in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee, challenges federal guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Education. The guidance purports to resolve highly controversial issues such as whether schools must allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams, whether employers and schools may maintain sex-separated showers and locker rooms, and whether individuals may be compelled to use another person’s preferred pronouns.
The federal agencies claim that the guidance, issued under Title IX and Title VII provisions of federal education and civil rights laws, simply implements the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. However, that decision addressed employment discrimination and did not address any of the issues covered by the guidance. The lawsuit argues that the federal agencies have no authority to unilaterally resolve these sensitive questions, let alone to do so without providing the public with notice and an opportunity to comment.
Schmidt said the guidance from the federal agencies would in effect invalidate state laws across the country and could preclude states from legislating on certain subjects, such as separating sporting competitions by biological sex.
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