The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first US Federal court to rule that LGBT employees are afforded protection under Title VII from discrimination on the basis of “sex”. Although the Seventh Circuit only includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to an announcement by the law firm Fisher Phillips, it is anticipated that this is the first domino in what will be other courts making similar decisions.
Many individual states already offer such protection, and the EEOC had already established similar protection. According to the EEOC it “…interprets and enforces Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. These protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.”
For employers, you need to adjust your hiring, promotion, and termination policies to insure you are abiding by the EEOC policy that will most likely be affirmed by the federal court system.