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Transgender Lawsuits Filed Against Two Companies

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 community.

“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 Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, LLP for an immediate case evaluation.

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