While there is growing acceptance of same-sex marriage and homosexuality in the United States, being transgender is still not a protected status under federal law. That may be changing in the coming years as more states adopt protection for transgender individuals and as the EEOC pushes cases based on its interpretation of Title VII (see below).
However, there is as yet nothing preventing a Texas employer from discriminating against a transgender applicant or employee, as the following case shows.
Recent case: Loretta was born female, but now presents as male. She was hired to work as a truck driving instructor and did an excellent job. She was hired in part for her skills, including the ability to speak two languages. Her supervisor praised her work.
Then a national director came to campus and saw Loretta dressed as a man. The director expressed surprise that Loretta’s supervisor had approved hiring a “cross gender” and, r...(register to read more)