Transgender Law Center applauds the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for filing two lawsuits against companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees. The lawsuits are the first two such cases EEOC attorneys have filed in federal court following the agency’s landmark 2012 ruling that transgender and gender nonconforming people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1967 Civil Rights Act.
That groundbreaking decision was made in a case brought by Transgender Law Center on behalf of Mia Macy, who was denied a job with a federal agency after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female. The EEOC held in that case that discrimination against an employee for being transgender is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by federal law.
“We are thrilled to see the federal government applying the full force of its power to implement the law that protects transgender employees from discrimination on the job,” said Ilona Turner, Legal Director. This is critical in light of the extraordinarily high rates of discrimination faced by transgender people in this country. These high profile cases will send a strong message to employers that discrimination against transgender or gender nonconforming workers is against the law and there will be serious consequences for companies that engage in that kind of discrimination.”
The lawsuits were filed Thursday by EEOC attorneys on behalf of Amiee Stephens, of Michigan, and Brandi Branson, of Florida. Both are transgender women whose employment was terminated due to anti-transgender bias. The complaints are available below.
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