EEOC Rules that Gender Identity Discrimination is Sex Discrimination

Just last week the EEOC ruled in favor of a transgendered woman claiming discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The woman, Mia Macy, claims that she was denied a job at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms because she revealed that she was transgendered. The EEOC initially broke up her claim into two separate complaints: (a) discrimination because of sex (female) and (b) discrimination based on gender identity. Her lawyer appealed, claiming that discrimination based on her gender identity should be considered "discrimination because of sex." The EEOC, on appeal, agreed.

While gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination have long suffered in the gray areas of Title VII, this is a huge victory for transgender rights advocates.