Corporate America is leading the way in creating LGBTQ-friendly and inclusive work environments by adopting inclusive workplace policies protecting LGBTQ employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2012 the majority of the Fortune 500 companies provided workplace anti-discrimination protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in history.
At the federal administrative level The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) interprets and enforces Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local law. People who experience workplace discrimination as an employee or job applicant may file a charge of employment discrimination with the EEOC. There is still a need for fully inclusive federal legislation, and PFLAG will continue to work strongly to protect LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.