U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://wfpl.org en Fairness Campaign Praises Landmark Extension of LGBT Protections http://wfpl.org/post/fairness-campaign-praises-landmark-extension-lgbt-protections <p>Louisville Fairness Campaign leaders are praising a landmark decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/90910497/EEOC-Ruling">ruled that discrimination based on gender identity qualifies as sex discrimination</a> under existing federal law.</p><p>The decision is being <a href="http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=7288">heralded as a &quot;sea change&quot; by gay rights advocates</a> and came about as part of a resolution to a case filed by Mia Macy and the Transgender Law Center in California. Macy says she was denied a job as a ballistics technician at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms because she is transgendered.</p><p><!--more-->Louisville Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says the EEOC&#39;s decision is a landmark achievement for the gay rights movement and elevates a marginalized community.</p><p>&quot;This is huge for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, but particularly transgendered community. What this decision does is really elevate the transgender community to a level of protections that not even lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals enjoy on a federal level,&quot; he says.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:57:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 44 at http://wfpl.org