by Carrie Maxwell
Originally published: July 20, 2016
In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) determined in the case Macy v. Holder that transgender and gender non-conforming people are a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people based on sex.
This EEOC ruling was affirmed by numerous court decisions, the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice. These federal entities findings make it illegal to discriminate against transgender and gender non-conforming people across the country despite some state and local municipalities lack of employment protections for these individuals.
According to the EEOC site "the commission has obtained approximately $6.4 million in monetary relief for individuals, as well as numerous employer policy changes, in voluntary resolutions of LGBT discrimination charges under Title VII since data collection began in 2013."