Yesterday, April 29, 2011, the U.S. Labor Department announced it would finally extend equal protection under gender identity. This move on behalf of the Labor Department is no small thing. Adding the category of Gender Identity as a protected population that is now illegal to discriminate against is huge; this sends a message to employers and to housing that it is now against the law to discriminate against a person due to their gender identity. This protection is particularly helpful for our transgendered brothers and sisters. Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the task force said:
With this change, the federal government is doing what smart employers in the private sector have been doing for years. They know that in order to attract the best talent they need to show that diversity is important to their companies. We are grateful for the leadership of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on this issue and look forward to our continuing work with the administration to ensure greater fairness in federal policy.
My hope is that now the Federal Government will take the lead in preventing discrimination, as it should take the lead! Brava, to Rea Carey. Click here to see the full story.