President Donald Trump has signed a directive to the Federal Trade Commission to take a firmer line against “anti-American sentiment” in the face of a series of violent protests.
The White House said Wednesday that the order will require firms to conduct a survey to find out whether they employ or promote people of color, LGBT people, or people of religious faith.
It also directs the FTC to develop policies to combat “anti theism” and to “prevent discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.”
The FTC is currently investigating complaints from business groups that the new directive could cause a flood of complaints from companies who do not want to be associated with any groups that do not share their values.
The president has already ordered the FTC’s attorney general to launch an investigation into whether the directive violates federal law.
Trump has also ordered the Treasury Department to review all of the companies that do business with the companies affected by the order, and he has ordered the Justice Department to investigate how many companies have cooperated with the government.