Federal Judge Concludes Transgender Worker can Sue for Sex Discrimination

by Zack Ford – Discrimination based on gender conformity is discrimination based on sex. A federal court in Kentucky is allowing a transgender workplace discrimination suit to proceed, recognizing that mistreatment in regards to gender identity constitutes illegal discrimination on the basis of sex. Plaintiff Mykel Mickens sued General Electric Appliances (GE) for harassment and disparate treatment in the workplace. He was not permitted to use the men’s restroom, so he had to use a facility much farther away from his work station, and he was then disciplined for how long his breaks were to accommodate that journey. Mickens also had a conflict with an employee, but though GE addressed a complaint one of his white, female colleagues had with that employee, his complaint went unaddressed. He says that when he disclosed that he was transgender to his supervisor, he was singled out and reprimanded for conduct no one else was reprimanded...

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ACLU Requests Official Investigation Into Hollywood’s Sexist Hiring Practices

By JESSICA GOLDSTEIN. ThinkProgress – On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union officially requested that state and federal agencies launch an investigation into Hollywood’s sexist hiring practices. That the entertainment industry is sexist is well-documented fact. But is it so sexist as to qualify as a civil rights violation? According to the ACLU, absolutely. Armed with piles of damning data and testimony from dozens of women directors, the organization contacted the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, asking that the agencies “initiate an investigation into systemic failure to hire women directors at all levels of the film and television industry.” The ACLU argues that current hiring practices are in violation of Title VII. The statistics on women in entertainment would be shocking if you hadn’t heard them before. Only 1.9 percent of directors of the top-grossing...

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