San Francisco sues Sessions for rescinding civil rights guidelines

San Francisco sues Sessions for rescinding civil rights guidelines
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The city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE on Thursday after he repealed civil rights memos designed to protect minorities and the disabled.

The lawsuit targets six of the 25 different legal memos that Sessions rescinded in December, Reuters reported.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera accused the Trump administration of “trying to gut protections for the poor, people of color and people with disabilities under the guise of regulatory reform.”


The lawsuit alleges that Sessions’s Department of Justice failed to seek public comment before rescinding the documents and did not provide reasoning for its decision.

Sessions rolled back the dozens of legal guidance documents last year that dated back to the 1990s that were deemed “unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.”

The move would do away with “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page,” Sessions said.

One such document instructed state and local governments on how to accommodate disabled employees and helped them integrate into the workplace, Reuters reported.

The guidance protected them from discrimination and complied with the Supreme Court decision on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Another document provided careful guidance about how hazardous it was for local governments to slap juveniles with fines they would not be able to pay back.