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EEOC steps up efforts to protect against LGBT bias, harassment

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

by Albert Llosas Barrueco, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP

Federal law doesn’t prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. Instead, LGBT protections are a varied patchwork of judicial and agency interpretations and state and local laws that make discrimination actionable only under specific circumstances. LGBT workers continue to face employment discrimination with relatively few legal protections.

In response, the EEOC has begun an effort to protect LGBT workers’ rights by broadly interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC’s newly released Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016 lists “coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under Title VII” as one of its top six national en­­forcement priorities. Expect the EEOC to take significant enforcement actions soon and litigate issues more aggressively.

The legal status quo

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