US: Department of Labor issues guidelines to protect trans workers
The US Department of Labor issued guidance on Tuesday, stating they will interpret gender non-discrimination laws as protecting transgender workers.
The change means federally contracted employers will not be able to discriminate against workers on the basis of gender identity.
The guidance is based off a 2012 decision that stated transgender workers are eligible for protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The White House announced the change on it’s blog in a post titled “Strength in Diversity.”
In the post Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, writes: “Inclusiveness isn’t just good for workers; it’s smart for business.
“When employees can work without fear, when they can comfortably bring their whole selves to the job, companies benefit from the diverse perspectives and enthusiasm those workers bring to the job.”