EEOC Ruling on Gender Identity-Discrimination Likely to Impact Federal Contractors

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While President Obama has decided to not issue an LGBT nondiscrimination executive order for federal contractors at this time, legal scholars agree that a recent EEOC ruling will have a significant impact on existing nondiscrimination rules and regulations for federal contractors. Last week, the EEOC issued a watershed ruling giving transgender individuals sorely needed federal protections against workplace discrimination. According to the ruling, employers who discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of gender identity can now be found in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964--specifically its prohibition of sex discrimination in employment. A report released today by the Williams Institute -- a public policy think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles -- demonstrates that this ruling has significant implications for federal contractors

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