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Federal agencies re-issue LGBT employment guidelines

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Four federal agencies have re-issued an updated guide on discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered federal workers.

The agencies are the Office of Personnel Management, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protections Board, all of which have roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace, according to their joint announcement Wednesday.

The agencies said the guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination is being reissued after more than a decade and has been substantially revised to reflect major developments in the law.

The guide is entitled “Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities.”

The announcement said the guide provides federal workers with a description of employee rights and agency responsibilities under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Reform Act of 1978 and other agency and union procedures.

A growing number of U.S. employers are expanding their nondiscrimination policies to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, even when they are not legally compelled to do so.