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Transgender Applicant Wins Sex Discrimination Suit

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A federal judge ruled that taking an adverse action against an individual for transitioning genders is discrimination "because of sex" under Title VII.  It is important for employers to realize that their policies and practices must take into account individuals with gender identity disorder.



A former U.S. Army Special Forces commander was diagnosed with gender identity disorder when she applied for a position as a terrorism analyst at the Library of Congress.  She interviewed as "David" (her legal name at the time) in traditionally masculine attire.  After accepting the job offer, she disclosed her plans to transition from male to female; she would begin the job as "Diane" and present as a woman on a full-time basis.  The offer was rescinded with the explanation that she was not "a good fit."

The judge wrote in his decision that the Library thought the applicant was "signifi...(register to read more)

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