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Discrimination protections based on gender identity are long overdue

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on Monday that employers discriminating against employees based on gender identity violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ruling finally gives transgender individuals workplace protections against discrimination.

According to a recent study on transgender discrimination, 90 percent of transgender people have experienced harassment or mistreatment on the job and 47 percent of individuals have experienced adverse job outcomes like being fired or not hired.

As a result, transgender individuals and families are much more economically vulnerable. Fifteen percent of transgender people make less than $10,000 per year and unemployment rates of transgender individuals are almost twice the rate of the general population.

The EEOC’s decision was based on a complaint filed by the Transgender Law Center on behalf of a Mia Macy, who was denied a job as a technician at a California laboratory of the ATF based on her gender identity. It ensures that transgender workers have access to legal recourse to employment discrimination – protections that are long overdue. Learn more about the potential impact of the ruling here.

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