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Are Transgender People a Federal Protected Class?

April 16, 2018

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Last week, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington ruled that transgender people are a protected class. The ruling was in response to the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender people from serving in the military, and it effectively stops that ban, in its current from, in its tracks.

The administration will have to move very carefully, should it seek to regroup and approach the ban from another angle – because any legislation that discriminates against the employment of protected classes is highly scrutinized by the court, the EEOC, and by employment lawyers watching for precedent setting opportunities.

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