Barbara Lee

Labor secretary defends merging anti-discrimination agencies

Cutting and merging two agencies that investigate workplace discrimination won't reduce the government's enforcement power, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Wednesday. But Democrats pointed to what they say is President Donald Trump's broader effort to roll back decades of civil rights protections.

"Department of Labor is going to allow, now, discrimination to run rampant," Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Acosta at a hearing on Trump's budget, which proposed the changes.

Trump's budget recommends merging the office that enforces civil rights among federal contractors with the independent Equal Employee Opportunity Commission, which handles complaints...