New EEOC Ruling Protects Gay and Lesbians from Employment Discrimination

BY IN Federal Rights, Transgender On July 22, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a groundbreaking ruling protecting gays and lesbians from employment discrimination. Here’s Chai Feldblum, a member of the EEOC, on what the ruling means:

“The ruling is as significant as people are saying it is. The Commission’s decision that sexual orientation discrimination is always sex discrimination under Title VII now applies across all of the Commission activities, including charges brought to us by employees and applicants who work in the private sector or for state or local governments . . . [T]he legal analysis in this opinion affects all of the EEOC’s work – both for federal workers and private sector workers.” (Read more here.)

With this ruling in place, LGBT workers in all 50 states who experience employment discrimination can now file an EEOC complaint. Learn how to file a complaint here.

It can be helpful to work with an attorney to navigate this process and understand your rights and options. If you are having trouble finding a local attorney, please check out the Legal Resources page and we’ll do our best to help you locate one.

As every LGBT person in the South knows, discrimination in the workplace happens all too often. Please spread the word far and wide about this major breakthrough and know that, as LGBT people in the South, we have a new, powerful tool available to protect our basic rights.


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