EEOC rules that LGBT Americans are protected from employment discrimination July 16, 2015  •  12:00 pm

Freedom Oklahoma Contact: Troy Stevenson
Executive Director – Freedom Oklahoma
troy@freedomoklahoma.org | (405) 802-8229

Late Thursday afternoon the Equal Employment Oppertunity Commission ruled that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are protected from employment discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This follows a 2012 ruling – confirmed by the Justice Department earlier this year – that found protections for the transgender community. 

Only the Supreme Court can make a definitive interpretation of the Civil Rights Act; however, federal courts give a high level of deference to rulings by the EEOC. Litigation is expected quickly to confirm the ruling. 

The following statement can be attributed to Freedom Oklahoma executive director, Troy Stevenson: 

“This ruling is a huge victory for LGBT Oklahomans. The freedom to marry came to the Sooner State last year, and yet many Oklahomans fear adding their spouse to their health benefits because it was legal for their employer to fire them for being gay. That changed today. We know this fight is not over, but the law is on our side, and we will keep advocating until every Oklahoman has the freedom to be who they are or with the one they love – without fear of bias or discrimination.” 

BACKGROUND:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/sexual-orientation-discrimination-is-barred-by-existing-law#.vpq2K2Kw3

http://transgenderlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/TitleVII-Report-Final012414.pdf


This Story: Late Thursday afternoon the Equal Employment Oppertunity Commission ruled that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are protected from employment discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This follows a 2012 ruling - confirmed by the Justice Department earlier this year - that found protections for the transgender community. 
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