Unfinished Business

Can Transgender Americans be Fired for their Identity?

…Not anymore!

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued an opinion stating that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination. The decision vindicates Mia Macy, a transgender woman who had submitted a discrimination complaint to the EEOC that the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) withdrew her job offer because she transitioned to a woman after interviewing as a man.

This is huge.

The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) found that transgender people experience unemployment at double the rate of the general population. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming Americans, revealed that 90 percent of respondents had experienced harassment, mistreatment or discrimination in the workplace.

Too many transgender or gender non-conforming individuals in America face “Injustice at Every Turn.” The EEOC’s decision will make huge strides toward protecting all people against discrimination, regardless of their sex or gender identity.