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Final Senate vote expected today on ENDA, LGBT election wins, and more news.
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A historic vote in the Senate, an uncertain future in the House.
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Victory in the Senate looks very likely, although the House looms as a difficult-to-overcome obstacle.
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Updates on ENDA, marriage equality.
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Last year, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) issued a major employment discrimination ruling in favor of a transgender worker. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination based on sex, and the ruling held that anti-transgender discrimination is sex discrimination under that statute. The ruling was groundbreaking for the rights of people who are transgender, and the Justice Department reaffirmed, according to Buzzfeed.
Now, to Buzzfeed reports, a similar ruling has also been issued, this time against a private employer:
BuzzFeed has learned that the EEOC also acted on at least one similar complaint later in 2012, a claim brought against a private employer.
The EEOC itself conducted an investigation into the actions of a private company in Maryland, concluding in September 2012 by finding that “reasonable cause” existed to believe the company had discriminated against a transgender woman employed by the company, which is a federal contractor. Although such findings often remain unpublicized, Freedom to Work and Lambda Legal, which represent the woman, presented the information about the case to BuzzFeed at this time because they have now reached a settlement with the company on behalf of the woman.
The details of this latest action aren’t public, but Tico Almeida at Freedom to Work, an organization working to end employment discrimination against LGBT people, commented on the rulings:
Less is known about the private-sector case, in which the names of the parties are being withheld, but Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work praised the EEOC for its work.
“Coming just a few months after the EEOC issued its historic decision that transgender people are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the EEOC’s reasonable cause determination in this case is, to our knowledge, the first time in history that the EEOC has investigated allegations of anti-transgender harassment and ruled for the transgender employee. This case shows that the EEOC takes very seriously its role in protecting LGBT Americans’ freedom to work,” he said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed that is being released with the approval of both the plaintiff and defendant in the case.
An attorney for Lambda Legal involved in the private action suggested that President Obama should sign the executive order to prevent discrimination against LGBT contractors.
Equality news round-up: majority support for marriage equality in Virginia, update in Michigan marriage lawsuit
By Scottie Thomaston
- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed out of committee this week and onto the Senate floor. Senator Harkin says he believes there are 60 votes for passage. Now, two Democratic reps are calling for a House hearing on the bill.
- Ari Ezra Waldman writes at Towleroad about Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in United States v. Windsor.
- EqualityOnTrial recently reported that the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage will be argued in federal court on October 1. The scheduling order is here. The defendants have ten days to file answers to the amended complaint (the complaint was initially only a challenge to the state’s adoption ban, but was amended to include a challenge to the marriage ban as well) and motions for summary judgment are due August 14. (h/t Kathleen Perrin, as always, for this filing)