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Gender Identity and Transgender Status Discrimination

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2012 | Uncategorized

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled in a landmark decision that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination is broad enough to encompass discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status. Faced with a complaint that an employee of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was fired for revealing her transgender status, the Commission made clear that discrimination based on sex includes discrimination based on gender – and gender encompasses not just a person’s biological sex at birth, but also “the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity.”

If you have questions about how this decision might affect you, contact the law firm of Winegar, Wilhelm, Glynn & Roemersma to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

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