NBC News reports:
Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation into the Department of Justice’s treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff following a complaint from DOJ Pride, its LGBTQ employee resource group.
In an April 4 letter to DOJ Pride released Friday, Barr said he was “troubled” by the group’s concerns, which were raised in a March 27 open letter. He said he directed the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons to “investigate and address allegations of discrimination.”
“Employment decisions at the Department must be made solely on merit and free from discrimination,” Barr wrote. Among DOJ Pride’s concerns, as noted in its letter, was that Barr’s predecessor, Jeff Sessions, had failed to issue an EEO statement, which is required of employers under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Barr today issued that EEO letter promising employment protections for LGBT staffers and other protected classes.