Politics & Policy

Feds: Remove ‘He’ and ‘She’ from Labor Regs to ‘Avoid the Gender Binary’

Poster-updating costs alone would reach into the millions.

The Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would remove the words “he” and “she” from an anti-discrimination regulation in order to “avoid the gender binary” — which is obviously something that must be avoided at all costs.

The rule replaces “‘he or she’ with ‘the individual,’ ‘person,’ or other appropriate identifier,” according to the document’s text.

(So — wait — does that mean “he” and “she” are inappropriate identifiers?)              

It also updates the list of things that count as banned discrimination under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to include “sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity.”

As the Washington Free Beacon notes, the change would require job centers to spend $4 million updating their posters and equal opportunity notices alone — something the department referred to as an “important benefit to society.”

“Our nation’s workforce system should reflect our commitment to diversity,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said according to the announcement of the rules.

That same announcement referred to the changes as being “necessary.”

(You know . . . kind of like food or water or air.)

The proposed rule was released on Tuesday and will be open for public comment until March 28.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online


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