The ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC stating that Title VII of the federal sex discrimination law protects trans people goes into effect May 21, 2012. The decision is massive and wonderful. At the Transgender Law Center explains:
In its unprecedented decision last month, the EEOC concluded 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.” The EEOC is the federal agency that interprets and enforces federal employment discrimination law, and the decision marked the first time it has offered clear guidance on this issue.
Masen Davis, Executive Director, celebrated today saying, “This is a historic day for human rights in the United States. From the Deep South to my home state of Missouri, starting today transgender and gender non-conforming people now have legal recourse if they face discrimination on the job.