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Extending Title VII To Transgender Protection

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT) -- In an April 20, 2012, decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) solidified its intended protection of transgender employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC made it clear that an employer that discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of that person’s gender identity violates Title VII’s sex discrimination prohibitions.

Because transgender people lack protection from adverse employment decisions in 34 states, this EEOC decision is a watershed moment for the transgender community. It also highlights the...
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