An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision in a federal sector case that discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act marks a “historic” step toward workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, an LGBT rights advocacy group says (Complainant v. Foxx, E.E.O.C., 0120133080, 7/16/15).

In a July 16 statement, the Human Rights Campaign hailed the EEOC’s ruling that a male air traffic controller who alleges the Department of Transportation denied him a promotion because he is gay can pursue a claim under Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination.

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