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EEOC — First Federal Agency to Recognize Transgender Discrimination

Finally, it is recent press release, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that transgendered people are now protected against employment discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Through the said ruling wherein the EEOC acknowledged that transgendered people suffered employment discrimination as well, numerous gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) activists and several equal rights advocates in the country felt quite happy.

It could be remembered that way back in the 1980s, the federal court had repeatedly denied gender discrimination lawsuits filed by transgendered individuals. Since then, advocacy groups, particularly the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), have tried to earn the support of the federal government to have the Constitutional protections extended to all LGBT individuals suffering harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Fortunately for the GLBT advocacy groups, after long years of their hard efforts, they are now slowly gaining some measures of success. So far, 16 states have already explicitly banned employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Meanwhile, despite the previous moves done by the EEOC and other civil rights advocates favoring the GLBT community, the federal government still remains reluctant to take similar action.

Moving forward with the recent ruling of the EEOC, the agency is said to be the first federal government that officially acknowledged that the LGBT individuals are entitled to protection from gender-based discrimination.

Accordingly, the said ruling came in line with the previous complaint that was filed before the agency by a woman who originally applied as a male at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF). Allegedly, the transgender employee was terminated due to budgetary constraint. But later on, the fired employee found out that another non-transgender applicant was hired for the same job position.

Apparently, the said ruling is visible evidence that the EEOC is indeed devoted in protecting LGBT employees against employment discrimination and other unlawful employment practices. Other than that, aLos Angeles discrimination attorney here also commended the agency for setting a good example to other federal agency in providing equal rights and fair treatment to people regardless of race, creed, and gender.

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