The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) issued a <a href= “http://www.scribd.com/doc/90910497/EEOC-Ruling” target= “_blank”>ruling</a> on Monday that provides protection from workplace discrimination for transgender individuals.  The ruling holds that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, and national origin, should be applied to transgender individuals.  The EEOC said that Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender includes gender identity.

Studies have found that nearly 90% of transgender individuals have experienced discrimination in the workplace.  Federal law does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, though 16 states and Washington, DC have such laws.  The EEOC ruling now provides federal protections for transgendered employees, though federal courts have not ruled that Title VII includes protection on the basis of gender identity.