Editors Note: Argonne National Laboratory is a science and engineering research national laboratory operated by UChicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy located outside Chicago. In the post-war era the lab focused primarily on non-weapon related nuclear physics, designing. The lab eventually took part in building the first power-producing nuclear reactors and atomic bombs.
Amidst the scrutiny across America, Argonne National Laboratory issued a Informational Memo with the subject “Federal and Laboratory Policy on Nondiscrimination against Transgender people, Including Restroom Use”on May 10, 2016.
According to William S. Elias II, General counsel: “A person does not need to undergo any medical Procedure or supply any kind of medical certification to be considered a transgender man or a transgender woman.”
It is hard to believe that a National Laboratory is putting its employees on edge with regards to transgender people using any restroom of their choice. When according to ABC News, Ariane de Vogue CNN Supreme Court reporter, the Virginia County School Board Transgender bathroom case may be heard by the Supreme Court and obviously is not locked in stone yet.
You can read the full memo here:
It is obvious there has been no consideration about the rights of the individuals who are actually the sex that is on the door of the restroom. When did the employees who are using the correct restroom according to their birth gender waive their rights?
The memo sent out to all employees cites the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the facts used for their decision.
Now I don’t know about you but for a memo to be based by federal organizations which its primary job function is safety in the workplace to be used as primary agencies that are capable of making these types of decisions is quite alarming.
These federal agencies do not contain any individuals with degrees in medicine, yet they are making decisions that effect approximately 4,000 employees. So lets get this straight, if you are a transgender at Argonne National Laboratory you can use ANY restroom of your choice.
I wonder if the policy makers behind this decision use public bathrooms at the National Laboratory.
Unfortunately, some of the employees in these agencies have their own private restrooms to use at work. Again the rules do not apply to all while the rest of the employees are left in a very uncomfortable situation. Whose rights are really being discriminated against in the workplace.
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