Saturday, April 1, 2006

District of Columbia Federal Court Judge Says Discrimination Action by Transgender Veteran May Proceed

A District of Columbia Federal district court judge ruled Friday that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress may proceed. The court ruled that federal protections against sex discrimination may also protect transgender people who are discriminated against based on their gender identity. The court rejected the government's argument that discrimination against transgender people is not sex discrimination. In its order, the court observed that the factual complexities that underlie human sexual identity “stem from real variations in how the different components of biological sexuality -- chromosomal, gonadal, hormonal, and neurological -- interact with each other, and in turn, with social, psychological, and legal conceptions of gender." Source: aclu.org. For the detailed story, please click here (last visited April 1, 2006, reo). A copy of the order in PDF format issued in this case may be downloaded by clicking here.pdf

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