Four federal agencies have collaborated to reissue a guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) federal workers on their rights and processes available to them when alleging sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination.
The agencies collaborating on the guide are the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
The guide is entitled Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities. It is being reissued after more than a decade and has been substantially revised to reflect major developments in the law.
The guide provides some of the history on the legal avenues for discrimination as well as what constitutes discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. It also outlines what an employee’s rights and responsibilities are in making these types of discrimination claims.
The guide lays out some key definitions such as sexual orientation and gender identity, and then also goes on to define what an agency’s responsibilities are in promoting a work environment that is free from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
“Reissuing this guide is critical given the developments that have occurred in this area over the last 10 years,” said Chair Jenny Yang of the EEOC. “It illustrates, in plain terms, the breadth of protections available to victims of LGBT discrimination in federal employment and should serve as an invaluable resource to all federal employees.”