LGBT advocates Friday raised questions about the Labor Department’s enforcement of LGBT workers’ rights, with one charging the White House has forced the department’s hand and “forbade” them from “formally adopting” protections for transgender people working for federal contractors. As Thomas Perez prepares to take the helm of the Labor Department and as the nation’s largest LGBT political group, the Human Rights Campaign, announced it had hired the department’s chief of staff to help run its organization, two officials with Freedom to Work spoke out against the department and the administration’s inaction on the issue. HRC announced Thursday it had hired Ana Ma as its new chief operating officer and chief of staff, hours before the Senate confirmed Perez as the next labor secretary. In announcing Ma’s hiring, HRC did not mention any specific work Ma had done to advance LGBT rights.
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