From a June 18 letter from EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien to all EEOC staff referencing EEOC achievements in lgbt rights:
In April of this year, the Commission issued an important federal sector decision, Macy v.Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 012012021 (April 20, 2012), which “clarifie[d] that claims of discrimination based on trans gender status, also referred to as claims of discrimination based on gender identity, are cognizable under Title VII’s sex discrimination prohibition.” In May, our Office of Field Programs provided cultural competency training to enforcement personnel across the country, ensuring that our employees have the training they need to provide respectful, culturally sensitive service to LGBT members of the public. The Office of General Counsel also provided legal training on the treatment of various forms of discrimination against LGBT persons under the sex discrimination prohibition of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. At the Chair’s Award for Commitment to Excellence ceremony on June 14, 2012, the Office of General Counsel’s LGBT Workgroup was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the work of the EEOC. Finally, on June 15, 2012, following a panel on the impact of Macy sponsored by the Office of Federal Operations, EEOC Pride presented its first EEOC Pride Award to Commissioner Chai Feldblum in recognition of her contributions. Please join me in congratulating Commissioner Feldblum on this achievement.