EEOC Files Historic Sex Bias Suits For Transgender Workers

Law360, New York (September 25, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed its first ever lawsuits over alleged sex discrimination against transgender individuals, targeting a funeral home and an eye clinic that purportedly fired employees who were transitioning from male to female.

In two separate suits, the EEOC claims Michigan-based RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc. and Florida-based Lakeland Eye Clinic discriminated against two transgender workers by firing them for being transgender and not conforming to “the employer’s gender-based expectations,” according to statements from the agency.

The suits are the first ever filed by the EEOC over alleged sex discrimination against transgender individuals,...

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