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Transgender employees: The new protected category?

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by Kristen Smith, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King, Syracuse

By now, most employers are familiar with the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: race, color, religion, national origin and sex.

Other federal anti-discrimination laws add additional protected categories to the list: disability (ADA), age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), pregnancy (Pregnancy Dis­­crimi­­nation Act) and genetic information (Genetic Information Non­­dis­­crimi­­na­­tion Act).

Absent is any mention of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Protections for lesbian, gay, bi­­sexual and transgender workers are broader for New York workers. The New York Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, while the New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Clamoring for federal protection

Advocacy groups have been clam...(register to read more)

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