Previously, the EEOC found that gender identity-based discrimination against transgender Americans is also prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The ruling applies to federal claims and will also be used by the EEOC’s offices throughout the country when investigating discrimination claims in the private sector.
This decision affirms what a majority of Americans already believe: that it should be illegal to not hire or fire someone simply because they are LGBT. Equality Federation encourages individuals who experience discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, actual or perceived, to file a complaint with the EEOC.
We still lack comprehensive and explicit protections that apply uniformly to LGBT people in areas like employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and education – and Georgia Equality will continue to fight for these policies and protections – especially at the state level in Georgia.
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