Civil Rights Ruling: Schroer v. Library of Congress

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The U.S. Department of Justice decided not to appeal an April 29 federal court ruling awarding transgender veteran Diane Schroer the maximum compensation for the discrimination she suffered after being refused a job with the Library of Congress. The Obama administration’s decision whether to appeal the final ruling in the case has been closely watched in part because the Bush administration defended the case so vigorously, arguing that transgender Americans are not protected by any existing federal laws. The American Civil Liberties Union has represented Schroer in her case. “The administration’s decision not to challenge this important civil rights ruling is a welcome sign that it intends to live up to its commitment to help end transgender discrimination in the workplace” says Sharon McGowan, a staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. Read ACLU’s full Case Profile here.

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