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Tell Department of Labor to Protect LGBTQ Workers 

Submit a Comment to DOL

President Trump continues to block critical protections for LGBTQ workers. Most recently, Trump’s Department of Labor is opening up a “Request for Information” in an attempt to undermine the overtime pay rule that helps workers’ to earn a living wage.

The Obama-era overtime rule raised the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476, making 4.9 million people eligible for overtime and makes it harder for employers to deny overtime to another 7.6 million working people who are already eligible. LGBTQ workers – particularly women, transgender people, and people of color – experience higher rates of poverty than do the general U.S population. The overtime rule ensures that individuals will be paid for their extra hours of hard work or may reduce many individuals’ workweek to 40 hours, giving them more time with their families or providing an opportunity to work a second job.

Submit your comment today to the Department of Labor demanding the full implementation of this badly-needed, updated overtime rule.

The new overtime rule is a significant accomplishment in our work to address the needs of the LGBTQ community. Don’t let Donald Trump’s Department of Labor take it away!

 Instructions:

  1. Copy the sample comment below or write your own
  2. Click the link to enter your comment on regulations.gov: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=WHD-2017-0002-0001

 Sample Comment:

Despite the significant political, social, and legal gains made by the LGBTQ community in the United States, many LGBTQ workers still struggle to make ends meet. LGBTQ individuals – particularly women, transgender people, and people of color – experience higher rates of poverty than do the general U.S population. LGBTQ people are struggling to attain higher education, find a fulfilling job, make enough money to afford quality housing and healthcare, save for the future, and spend time with and support a family.

When fully implemented, the updated overtime rule extends overtime eligibility to 4.9 million more working people and makes it harder for employers to deny overtime to another 7.6 million working people who are already eligible.  While the new overtime pay rule does not address all barriers to economic security or employment discrimination encountered by low- and middle-income workers, the law provides LGBTQ people with a greater, more equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams. The new rule thus marks a significant policy gain for working LGBTQ people and families.

I urge the Department of Labor to implement the new overtime rule, keep the salary threshold at $47,476 and keep the indexing to protect the rights and wages of working people. The rule will help lower poverty rates in the LGBTQ community and ensures workers earn a fair, living wage.

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