The new decision from EEOC suggests that LGBT workers are already protected by the Civil Rights Act, but Idaho and a number of other states continue to be battlegrounds for LGBT rights. The Idaho Legislature remains a major roadblock for proposed Add the Words legislation, even though a number of Idaho cities, including Idaho, have enacted their own LGBT protections.
The 17-page ruling from the EEOC came from a case brought by an employee at a traffic control control at Miami (Fla.) International Airport who claimed he had been denied a promotion because he was gay.
In November, 2014, Boise Weekly first reported of a claim against the Idaho Department of Labor and its director Ken Edmunds from a candidate, vying to become the new administrator of the Idaho Human Rights Commission. The candidate, saying he had been made to "feel like I was less than a person," triggered discrimination lawsuits in state and federal courts, alleging that the Idaho Labor Department had violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Civil Rights Act.