The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just ruled that federal
employment discrimination law (Title VII) prohibits
transgender discrimination. This means that employers may not take a person’s transgender status
into account in making employment decisions, such a hiring, firing and
This decision follows the same reasoning applied to longstanding sex and
gender discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination “because
of” an employee’s sex. If you believe your employer has taken
adverse actions against you because of your sex, whether male, female
or transgender, you may be able to file an employment discrimination action.
It’s important to contact an experienced
Georgia gender discrimination lawyer right away to discuss your options.
Although the new ruling isn’t binding on the courts, it will influence
how the EEOC and state agencies enforce Title VII. In its ruling, the
commission concluded, “Whether motivated by hostility, gender stereotypes
or “to accommodate other people’s prejudices or discomfort
… discrimination against a transgender individual because that
person is transgender is, by definition, discrimination ‘based on
This decision was influenced by how the federal courts have tackled the
issue of transgender discrimination over the last several years. The Supreme
Court has ruled, “sex stereotyping, including those stereotypes
based on gender norms, are prohibited by Title VII. ”
For more information about any type of gender discrimination, including
transgender discrimination, please contact the top
Georgia sex discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.