Obama Administration Adds Gender Identity to EEO Policy

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U.S. Capitol photo by Sandra Lubrano at Equality March

New Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Adds Gender Identity

The Obama administration has listed gender identity as a protected class by federal Equal Employment Opportunity policies. This policy marks the first time transgender individuals are explicitly protected in federal employment. By including gender identity as a protected class, the federal government is stating its commitment to protecting transgender employees and has taken a significant step toward ending employment discrimination of LGBT people in the federal workforce.

“This new policy is