Transgender Soul – The Psychology of Transgender Issues

Anti-Discrimination

Have You Been Discriminated Against???

The Colorado Legal Initiative Project is interested in litigating a case of employment discrimination against a transitioning or transitioned transgender person in federal court to test recent changes in interpretation of federal law. The discrimination must be clearly documented and the employee must have a documented history of excellent job performance. If this sounds like you, and you are interested in additional information, email me here.

Denver holds Hearings on Discrimination against Transgender People

City of Denver holds public hearing on anti-discrimination ordinance inclusive of gender identity on August 21, 2001 at 6:30 pm City and County Building Room 450. (Updated 09-02-2001)

The Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP) and the Denver Anti-Discrimination Office in association with GLBT activist groups are working together on two initiatives that would protect the rights of transgender persons.

Petitioning the Denver City Council to include language protecting people with non-traditional gender expression from discrimination. This involves adding language about gender expression to the existing anti-discrimination ordinance. The specific language has not been worked out.

Petitioning the Denver City Council to allow the Denver Anti-Discrimination Office to grant a “private cause of action”. This would allow a citizen who believes they have been discriminated against due to gender expression, for example in employment, to sue the employer in federal court. Without a letter from the City of Denver for a “private cause of action” the complainant has no legal course of action. In other words, the anti-discrimination ordinance including gender expression (if passed) would have no teeth.

Details of upcoming public meetings addressing these initiatives will be posted when made available.

New Jersey Supreme Court finds that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual identity or gender. “These consolidated appeals arise from the summary judgment dismissal of two complaints filed by plaintiff Carla Enriquez, a male-to-female transsexual, for wrongful termination of her employment as medical director of a learning behavior center owned and managed by the various corporate and individual defendants.

Most significantly, this appeal raises the novel issues of whether gender dysphoria or transsexualism is a handicap under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 through -49 (“LAD”), and whether the LAD precludes an employer from discriminating on the basis of someone’s sexual identity or gender. We answer both questions in the affirmative and reverse and remand for further proceedings.” (Argued May 31, 2001 – Decided July 3, 2001) The case summary can be found at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/A2017-99.htm.

Political Activist and Legal Resources

The Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP) at the Center.

Legal Director: Michael Brewer

Business Address: 234 Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Mailing Address: PO Box 9798, Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-282-5602

E-mail: clipmb@aol.com

Website: www.coloradoglbt.org

Denver Anti-Discrimination Office

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

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