Discrimination within work
A transgender claims discrimination has filed a lawsuit
Leyth Jamal: Transgender employee says she was discriminated against by Saks Fifth Avenue
Ms Jamal has claimed that during her time at the high-end retailer she was verbally abused, forced to use the men’s toilet, told to appear more masculine at work and eventually fired in 2012 because she was transgender. She has claimed the treatment breached Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Court documents show that the termination happened 10 days after Ms Jamal made a harassment complaint to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, a government body.
prejudice and discrimination
While there is no federal law that explicitly protects the rights of transgender employees, the US government appears to be expanding its protection of transgender people. In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act includes discrimination based on gender identity. Last month, US Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Department of Justice will take the legal position that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to protect transgender people from discrimination.