A right to use the restroom.

Posted: April 15, 2015 in *Celebration*, For your information
Last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delivered a landmark ruling that employees must have access to restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. In other words: transgender people can’t be forced to use the wrong restroom AND they can’t be forced to use separate restrooms at work!
Despite the recent barrage of anti-trans bathroom bills, and other attempts by lawmakers to normalize discrimination against trans people, these type of victories are an indicator that we are continuing to move forward. And we’re well on our way to making all of these policy advances a reality for trans people across the country.
The bottom line is that this ruling is helping to clarify what nondiscrimination means in real life, whether at work, at school, or seeking housing or health care.
The next step in this process is working to pass legislation that provides explicit federal workplace protections, and we’re well on our way. We’re continuing to send a strong message to lawmakers that we won’t back down and that we’ll continue to fight back against discrimination.
We congratulate Tamara Lusardi, the Army civilian worker who demonstrated tremendous courage in bringing this case, and the Transgender Law Center, which represented Ms. Lusardi.
Sincerely,

Harper Jean Tobin
Director of Policy
National Center for Transgender Equality

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