Transgender individuals face a great deal of discrimination, especially in the workplace. Is transgender a protected class and are individuals who are discriminated against on the job protected by sex-based discrimination laws?
What Is Sex-Based Discrimination?
By definition, sex-based discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of an employee or an applicant because of their sex. This can take the form of hiring based on sex, firing based on sex, offering or refusing promotions based on sex, harassing, or choosing work assignments for an individual based on his or her sex. Any term or condition of employment that is given or withheld on the basis of sex is considered discrimination.
Who Does Sex-Based Discrimination Laws Protect?
Sex-based discrimination against anyone because of their sex is unlawful according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This includes men, women, and transgender individuals. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states:
Discrimination against an individual because of gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex in violation of Title VII.
Therefore, transgender individuals are also included under the legal protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If a transgender individual is discriminated against in the workplace because of their transgender status or because they are perceived to be a particular gender, it is their right to seek support in an effort to end the discrimination.
When to Contact an Employment Law Attorney
If you or a loved one have been discriminated in the workplace based on your sex, you have options available to you. The most important thing you can do after being discriminated against or harassed on the job is to contact an experienced employment law attorney who understands the legal ramifications for employers who violate Title VII.
Sean A. Casey, Esq. is a compassionate discrimination lawyer who can help you compile evidence of discrimination to support your case and can help you pursue the most beneficial resolution possible to bring unlawful employers to justice and stop discrimination.
Contact Attorney Casey today for a consultation to discuss your situation in detail and to learn more about the laws that can affect your case. He will guide you through what actions to take so you can face your case with confidence. Call now at (412) 201-9090 or (888) 658-0041.