Transgender Law Center hails the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recent announcement that it has approved a new Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) that includes prioritizing addressing “coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals under Title VII’s sex discrimination provisions.” The plan passed with a bi-partisan, 3-1 vote.

The EEOC is the federal agency that interprets and enforces federal employment discrimination law.

The EEOC’s announcement follows its landmark ruling in April 2012 in Macy v. Department of Justice, a case brought by Transgender Law Center, that “intentional discrimination against a transgender individual because that person is transgender is, by definition, discrimination ‘based on … sex’ and such discrimination… violates Title VII.”

“We are proud to have submitted input into the Strategic Enforcement Plan, and to have worked with the EEOC to help ensure transgender people can live free from discrimination in the workplace,” said Ilona Turner, Legal Director. “Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, continue to face extraordinary barriers in accessing employment, and we must all work together to make it better.”