The ACLU of Nevada is very pleased to report that, earlier this week, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that discrimination based on gender identity is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This means that transgender individuals nationwide who have suffered employment discrimination can now bring their complaints to the EEOC, a remedy not previously available to them.
In Nevada, individuals who have suffered discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations based on gender identity or expression can also file complaints with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. The ACLU of Nevada was heavily involved in the passage of laws in 2011 that allowed for these remedies to be available on the state level. The addition of federal-level review of such cases is a major step forward for transgender rights, especially in those jurisdictions where state laws do not offer protections.
For more information about this week's ruling, see http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=7288.
For information about filing a complaitn with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission or the EEOC, see http://detr.state.nv.us/nerc.htm.