Transgender Employees: The New Protected Category? – Kristen Smith – Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

By now, most employers are familiar with the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: race, color, religion, national origin and sex. Additional categories are protected by other federal anti-discrimination laws: disability (Americans with Disabilities Act), age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), pregnancy (Pregnancy Discrimination Act), and genetic information (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act). Absent is any mention of sexual orientation or gender identity.