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Feds Sue Over Anti-Trans Discrimination

Chris Geidner has the scoop at Buzzfeed:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against two companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees, the first time the federal government has brought suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender workers. The two complaints, filed in federal courts in Florida and Michigan, are the latest — and most ambitious — steps in a series of aggressive moves taken by the commission in the past several years to advance LGBT rights under existing laws. “This enforcement priority aims to give full force to Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination to ensure it helps eliminate unlawful discriminatory barriers to LGBT applicants and employees,” EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “It seeks to ensure employers aren’t considering irrelevant factors, like gender-based stereotypes or gender identity, in making employment decisions.”
The Florida case is against an eye clinic and the Michigan case is against a funeral home. Hit the link and read Geidner's lengthy dissection of the issues.

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