The EEOC has filed its first Title VII lawsuits on behalf of transgender
workers. The lawsuits, filed against Florida and Michigan companies, accuse
the businesses of discriminating against workers based on their gender
identity. The federal complaints demonstrate the latest efforts by the
U.S. government to improve all workers’ rights, including the LGBT
“Title VII” refers to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, the federal law making workplace discrimination illegal. The law
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, color, race, religion, and
national origin. In the years since its passage, Congress has passed additional
laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of age and disability.
If you have questions about Title VII or believe that you may have been
discriminated against in any way consulting with an experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyer is important to determine your legal rights and your next steps.
Although recent efforts to pass legislation specifically prohibiting LGBT
discrimination has been halted in Congress, it may be possible to file
gender discrimination lawsuits targeting the offensive conduct. Here,
the lawsuits contend that discrimination against transgender individuals
is a form of “sex discrimination,” and is therefore prohibited
under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The argument is based off of
Macy v. Holder, a 2012 decision. In this instance, the recent transgender lawsuits assert
that Lakeland Eye Clinic in Florida and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral
Homes in Michigan violated Title VII’s prohibition against gender
discrimination when they fired employees for being transgender. Such cases
are historical because the EEOC has chosen to become directly involved.
Further, these cases are representative of the larger problem of transgender
discrimination claims, most of which are never prosecuted.
For more information about transgender discrimination or if you believe
you have been subjected to any form of employment discrimination, please
contact the top
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.