Eberstein & Witherite discrimination lawyers discuss the recent EEOC filings that could help advance the rights of transgender workers in employment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed two discrimination lawsuits concerning the rights of transgender employees. According to the employment discrimination lawyers of the Texas based Eberstein & Witherite law firm, the federal filings signal advancing efforts to protect the rights of transgender people in the workplace.
“The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed the first-ever lawsuits seeking to protect transgender workers under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the latest move in a growing effort to protect the rights of transgender people at work.”
The firm notes that the denotation of sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was expanded to include transgender-based discrimination by an EEOC decision in 2012. Since that time, a number of gender identity related complaints have been received by the commission, and are being considered. The lawsuits recently filed involve allegations against a Michigan funeral home and a Florida based eye clinic. Both were accused of firing employees for undergoing a sex change from male to female.
Source: Reuters Report “U.S. government lawsuits target transgender discrimination in workplace”
“NEW YORK (Reuters) – A funeral home and an eye clinic that fired employees who had changed their sex from male to female were sued last week as the U.S. government filed its first-ever federal lawsuits for transgender discrimination.”
As noted by Eberstein & Witherite discrimination attorneys, there are a number of employers whose discriminatory practices that hurt transgender employees have been swept under the rug due to limited legal action being taken to protect them. The recent federal government filings are not only expected to signal to employers that they may need to reevaluate policies for handling discrimination complaints made by transgender workers, but also raise awareness about the legal options available for victims of this type of discrimination on the job.
Eberstein & Witherite employment discrimination lawyers are available to help workers in Texas who have been impacted by gender identity related harassment or discrimination at work. Individuals who would like to discuss a particular employee discrimination matter with an attorney to assess their legal rights can contact the firm today to request a free, confidential consultation.