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Transgender workers get civil rights protections, Justice Department says
Transgender workers get civil rights protections, Justice Department says

Employment discrimination based on gender identity is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, announcing a change in the way it will litigate claims. The department will no longer take the position that the "prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination)," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said this week in a memo to U.S. attorneys. It's a reversal of a position the department took as recently as 2006, the memo says. "This important shift … will help to foster fair and consistent treatment for all claimants. And it reaffirms the Justice...

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