U.S. Dept. of Energy Affirms Trans Discrimination Illegal

National Center for Transgender Equality's Blog

US-Department-of-Energy-LogoThe U.S. Department of Energy has joined the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Interior, Labor, State, Veterans Affairs, and several other agencies in updating its EEO policy to make clear that anti-transgender discrimination constitutes sex discrimination.

In a legal sense, transgender federal employees have been protected since 2009, when President Obama sent a memorandum directing all agencies to issue updated guidance under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which prohibits discrimination against federal workers and job applicants based on any non-merit basis. Since then, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has worked with many federal agencies to cement these principles into agency culture and rules in two ways: 1) We have conducted numerous trainings within agencies, and 2) we have also asked them to enumerate “gender identity” into their written agency Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies. While “gender…

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