Tag Archives: Transgender Employees

Sixth Circuit Confirms Title VII Protection for Transgender Status and Rejects Religious Belief Defense

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Earlier this month, we discussed the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision concluding that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Days later, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) issued a significant Title VII decision of its own when it concluded that a funeral home’s discharge … Continue reading this entry

EEOC Serves Notice Regarding Transgender Employees Bathroom Access Rights

EEOC Developments
In the midst of all the media coverage surrounding transgender bathroom policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently put employers on notice of its position that denying an employee access to a restroom corresponding to the employee’s gender identity is sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of … Continue reading this entry

Five Suggestions to Create a Transgender-Inclusive Workplace

To get ahead of the curve, employers should start adopting more inclusive policies aimed at accommodating transgender employees. To date, 19 states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on both gender identity and sexual orientation (another three states only prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation). … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

EEO Compliance
On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and other names meant to deprive her of equal status, respect, and dignity in the workplace. The complainant is a … Continue reading this entry

Transgender Employees Also Protected From Sex-Based Discrimination

Most employers have policies related to sex-based discrimination and conduct harassment trainings or sensitivity workshops based on traditional gender roles, but a new case highlights the need to consider transgender employees. Although there is no federal law explicitly prohibiting discrimination against transgender persons in employment, a transgender employee successfully sued her employer for discrimination on … Continue reading this entry