The Military Leadership Diversity Commission, established by Congress two years ago, is recommending that the Pentagon do away with a policy that bans women from serving in combat units.  The report will be sent to Congress and President Barack Obama in the spring.  The current ban prohibits women from serving in roughly 10% of Marine Corps and Army occupational specialties.  This creates a barrier to promotions and advancement.  If the proposed policy is approved by the Defense Department, it will be yet another landmark social change for the military that in the last year has seen policy changes to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly for the first time and to allow Navy women to serve on submarines for the first time.  Full article:  Fox News.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Although the military is allowed to prevent women from working in certain positions, including fighting in combat, in civilian workplaces it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information: EEOC.

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