For Immediate Release: 12.7.20
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Department of Labor Rule Strengthens Religious Liberty Protections for Faith-Based Organizations Partnering with Government
New rule protects religious organizations from discrimination
Washington, DC—First Liberty Institute today commended the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) for issuing a new rule that protects religious liberty for faith-based organizations that contract with the federal government to meet the needs of America’s most vulnerable communities.
“With these new protections, religious organizations are protected from religious discrimination for making employment decisions that are consistent with their beliefs,” said Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel at First Liberty Institute. “Religious organizations should never be forced to abandon their religious identity and mission in order to be eligible to partner with the federal government. We applaud Secretary Scalia for working to ensure that religious organizations are free to contract with the federal government to provide services for people in need.”
In September of 2019, First Liberty submitted a public comment supporting the DOL’s proposed rule. First Liberty’s comment was signed by a number of national religious leaders.
Religious organizations, like their secular counterparts, provide essential services desirable to federal agencies through government contracts. Among several religious liberty protections, the new guidance ensures that religious organizations seeking to contract with the federal government are free to do so on equal terms as other organizations.
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