In the era of Trump, LGBTQ rights are uncertain, but one federal agency is still fighting to protect queer workers from discrimination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces federal civil rights laws in workplaces, filed a lawsuit on Monday to protect two restaurant employees who allege anti-gay harassment.
The employees report being called “fag,” “faggot,” and “sissy” by their colleagues, according to a complaint filed in US District Court in Arizona, which says one of the men quit the job and the other was fired.
The commission argues their treatment violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans sex discrimination at work.
Counting anti-LGBTQ bigotry as sex discrimination is a clever, necessary strategy. Many states still don’t have laws protecting workers from anti-queer discrimination, but they do have laws against gender bias. (For now, anyway.)