Friday, December 19, 2014

U.S. Department of Justice Extends Title VII Protection to Transgender Status

In a Memo issued on December 15, 2014 by the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, the government has advised that it now takes the position that Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status.

Employers should review their handbook policies and train managers to understand that discrimination against transgendered employees is now actionable under Title VII.