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Despite pressure from activists, Congress has not passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — a bill that would explicitly outlaw discrimination against LGBT people, but never mind.
This week, the EEOC decidedthat existing federal law barring sex discrimination can be stretched to cover lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, too.
The EEOC ruled that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals may bring sex discrimination claims if they believe their employer has discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.
Those claims may include allegations of sexual harassment or other kinds of sex discrimination, such as adverse actions taken because of the person’s non-conformance with sex-stereotypes.
In 2012, the EEOC ruled that discrimination against transgenders (also known as gender identity discrimination) is discrimination because of sex and therefore is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The EEOC now says that discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals based on sex-stereotypes, such as the belief that men should only date women or that women should only marry men, also is discrimination on the basis of sex under Title VII.