The Employment Law Group®'s David Scher Discusses a Ruling that Protects Transgender Employees


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Transcript:
Hello my name is David Scher I’m an attorney with The Employment Law Group. Today’s video
blog is regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals in
the workplace. Just two days ago on April 23rd, 2012 the EEOC issued a landmark decision
in Macy v. Holder. In this decision, the EEOC decided for the first time that under Title
VII transgendered individuals would have protection. In other words, the EEOC determined that transgendered
individuals have protection based on their gender identity. This is landmark because
there is no federal statute providing protection for transgendered individuals, and although
some states like California and Washington, D.C. have protection for transgendered individuals,
many do not. For the first time, if you are a transgendered individual and you are facing
discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace, you have a say. If you are
facing discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace and you are a transgendered
individual and you believe that your employer is discriminating against you or harassing
you because of your transgender identity, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Let’s
celebrate and applaud this landmark decision that equalizes the playing field not only
like we already have from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on race, national origin
and ethnicity, but now also gender. It’s about time and we applaud this decision. Thank
you.