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Focus on transgender discrimination as EEOC brings first cases

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by Julie Giddings, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

If you’re an Amazon Prime member or you’ve shopped online at Amazon lately, you’ve probably heard that Amazon launched a new TV series recently, “Transparent,” about a 70-year-old divorced father who announces to his children that he intends to transition from a man to a woman.

The series is getting rave reviews and comes at a time of increased societal and legal focus on the rights of transgender individuals.

Indeed, just before the launch of “Transparent,” the EEOC filed its first-ever lawsuits alleging sex discrimination against transgender individuals.

Based on sexual harassment law

The commission is working within existing legal precedents by focusing on sex discrimination as the basis for the lawsuits rather than waiting for Congress to pass new employment discrimination laws protecting the transgendered and other groups from employer discrimination.

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