Recent Developments at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

In this issue:

Recent Developments at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

On April 23, 2012, in an unprecedented ruling, the EEOC announced that employment discrimination of transgendered
individuals based on gender identity is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The ruling came as a result of a
complaint made by Mia Macy, an Army veteran and former police detective, whose contractor job offer with the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF") was rescinded after she disclosed her intent to change her gender.
Macy had filed a formal EEO complaint with the ATF once she was informed of the job rescission. When the ATF failed
to investigate her "gender identity" discrimination claim under Title VII, Macy appealed to the EEOC asking it to allow her
claim of gender identity to be investigated under Title VII.

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