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Gay workplace discrimination to be banned in federal jobs

If you're discriminated against at work, there are steps you can take to get back your job or to obtain compensation from your past employer. This is particularly true in cases where gay or transgender employees are discriminated against and wrongfully terminated. You may be happy to hear that President Obama has taken steps to prevent workplace discrimination based on gender identity.

The report from July 1 states that President Obama has said that he will issue executive orders that protect federal employees from gender discrimination. This is a good move on the part of the president, some believe, but is it necessary? According to the article, it may not be, because discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender employees is likely already illegal across the U.S.

There has been some controversy over the executive orders, but that's bordered by the addition of Congress' refusal to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would directly protect transgender and gay workers in federal jobs. Congress may not have needed to pass the act, though, since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already forbids discrimination based on a person's sex.

Gender discrimination is different from gender identity discrimination, but the Supreme Court has already said that the Civil Rights Act can be interpreted to include irrational sex stereotyping. That means that at the end of the day, all anti-gay or anti-trans discrimination is seen as is sexual discrimination. On top of that, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said that LGBT discrimination is a form of sex discrimination forbidden against in Title VII.

With so many laws already in place to protect your rights, there is no reason to have to worry about sexual discrimination at work if you are in a federal workplace. If you find yourself discriminated against in any place, though, you deserve to have your story heard and to seek the compensation you deserve.

Source: Slate Magazine, "Gay? Fired for It? Sue Your Employer Today!", July 1, 2014

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