The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided April 20 that discrimination against a federal employee because of transgender status presents a cognizable claim for discrimination based on sex under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Macy v. Holder).

Finding that the term “sex” under Title VII encompasses both biological sex and gender stereotypes, EEOC concluded that transgender police detective Mia Macy’s multiple allegations against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) amount to a claim of discrimination based on sex. EEOC remanded Macy’s complaint to ATF for further processing.

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