Connecticut Passed Legislation Protecting against Gender-identity Discrimination

The issue of gender-identity discrimination has been discussed many times throughout this blog. Today, this particular form of discrimination is still a problem as it is not always recognized.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy just signed a bill known as “An Act Concerning Discrimination”, extending workplace protection to transgendered workers. It is now the 15th state to protect against this form of discrimination.

It will now be illegal to unfairly prevent employment or fire workers solely based on their gender-identity, as opposed to job performance.

While Connecticut law has protected workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1991, the legislation concerning gender-identity has just been signed today.

Although some New England states including Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont have laws baring gender discrimination, New York state only currently protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation.