Transgender government workers now protected under Civil Rights Act

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December 18, 2014 - Claims of workplace discrimination against transgender people will now be covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a memo released Thursday.

“This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder said. “This will help to foster fair and consistent treatment for all claimants. And it reaffirms the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting the civil rights of all American.”

Under the Bush administration, the Justice Department had previously stated the civil rights law did not cover discrimination based on transgender status, the Associated Press reported.

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