Obama Administration Adds Gender Identity to EEO Policy

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