USPS ELM Revision: Sex Discrimination Policy

Effective February 25, 2021, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Chapters 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8, to update USPS® policy prohibiting sex discrimination in personnel hiring and placement, so that the ELM is consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued June 2020.

In the decision, the Court states that “an employer violates Title VII when it intentionally fires an individual employee based in part on sex” and that “an individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

Although the Postal Service will not publish these revisions in the ELM until September 2021, the standards are effective immediately.


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