The US government will soon begin taking over the nation’s legal system.
The judge in Washington state is expected to issue a final order that could lead to the federal government seizing the power to hire and fire federal employees, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reports the order would allow the government to “subdued” the legal system and “restrict[s] a federal employee’s ability to challenge his or her termination” and “limit[s]” the ability of employees to bring lawsuits against employers.
This means that employees will be able to bring a lawsuit against their employer if they are not able to make it to court within six months of being fired, but will not be able take legal action against their employers.
The order could lead some US citizens to fear for their jobs, and if the government follows through with this order it could be the end of the legal protections afforded to Americans who work in the private sector.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Justice Department have been working to undo the Obama administration’s sweeping reforms to the US legal system, which have been a key part of President Donald Trump’s agenda.
In February, the Department of Justice announced a series of legal challenges to key elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a lawsuit brought by American University’s law school, which was among the first to challenge the ACA’s mandate that all employers provide health insurance.
The new court order could also affect some people who have had their legal rights restored by the Trump administration.
The American Bar Association, which has a long history of opposing legal reforms, had threatened to sue the government over the new order if it was not rescinded by Friday.
The AP reports that the American Bar Institute (ABA) is expected on Friday to file a lawsuit to prevent the government from implementing the order.
The ABA’s National Legal Counsel and American Bar Foundation are both reportedly preparing to file amicus briefs in support of the lawsuit.
The White House has yet to comment on the matter.