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Lawsuits target companies for transgender discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a pair of lawsuits on Thursday against companies in Florida and Michigan accused of discriminating against transgender employees.  Both lawsuits cite violations under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which offers protections against sexual discrimination, in a move that marks the first time the federal government has used the law to protect transgender workers against private companies, according to the EEOC.  A complaint filed Thursday comes against a Detroit-based funeral home and alleges it discriminated based on sex when the company fired an embalmer because she was transitioning from being a male to a...