The Obama Administration continued tightening the screws on private employer autonomy this week with a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). By a 3-2 ruling in a case brought by a gay air traffic controller in Miami who alleged he was denied a promotion because of his sexual orientation, the EEOC determined that all types of discrimination based on sexual orientation is in essence sex discrimination in violation Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The agency had previously limited the application of sex discrimination to cases where employees were victims of sex stereotypes. The ruling is significant in that it declares discrimination against gay, lesbian, or bisexual workers illegal in all 50 states across the country. EEOC applied ruled Title VII applied to transgender individuals back in 2012.