On June 17, 2007, New Jersey will become one of a growing number of states, including California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington, with a law expressly prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

An even greater number of local statutes and ordinances, including the New York City Human Rights Law, expressly protect transgender persons against discrimination based on gender identity. However, there is presently no federal law that explicitly provides such protection to transgender persons. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against any individual “because of … sex,” 42 USC �2000e-2, but does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity.

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