Alexandria, VA

Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Click here for more Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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This week’s Q&A column is written by McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant market news, contact Mary Ellen at 703-472-5454. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Say yes to this fabulous historic home in Old Town!

Take a sunny tour of 217 S Fairfax Street with local Alexandria resident and owner of Salon Monte, Monte Durham and Mary Ellen Rotondo of McEnearney Associates. This incredible home is one of Alexandria’s most exclusive properties! To learn more, connect with Mary Ellen by phone 703-472-5454 or visit FineLivingRE.com.

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email: [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

This week, our Just Listed property is a little different. We’re giving you a sneak peek look at one of the hottest properties in Alexandria soon to hit the market. This home has the space, detail and location you have been looking for. Ideally situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on a popular, tree-lined street in the eagerly sought-after Beverley Hills. It is truly a family sanctuary and an entertainer’s dream. This enchanting four-bedroom home has been wonderfully renovated and maintained. A dramatic two-story foyer greets you upon entering the home.

3301 Alabama Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305 — The Jen Walker Team

The main floor features include a spectacular, natural light-filled, open-concept chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops and high-end GE Monogram stainless-steel appliances. 48″ range (6-burners, double ovens with convection, indoor grill, professional range hood, infrared warming lamps), additional built-in oven with Advantium speedcook halogen light technology, 42″ built-in counter depth refrigerator and silent Bosch low decibel level dishwasher.

The kitchen opens up to the bright family room lined with large windows and multiple French door direct access to the expansive main deck and adjoining eat-in kitchen nook. A large bank of cabinets and storage off the kitchen is anchored by an additional prep sink, work area, and 56-bottle wine refrigerator, perfect for all of your favorite reds and whites. The banquet-sized dining room easily seats 10+ guests for an amazing dinner party prepared in the gourmet kitchen. The main level also includes a separate den/office with custom bookcases.

A sunroom with a ceiling of skylights connected to the first-floor bedroom offers a sun-soaked relaxation area. It includes an adjoining full bath and can easily serve as an in-law/nanny suite or even be sealed off for a private Airbnb or income-producing retreat. The main level also includes recessed and custom lighting (with dimmers) throughout and the house is wired for sound with integrated Bowers & Wilkins speakers.

The upper level has three spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings highlight the master suite and the master bath includes a skylight, luxurious steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. French doors off the master lead to a large deck overlooking the tree-lined back yard and Monticello Park. The house size is doubled by expansive outdoor relaxing and entertainment spaces in both front and back.

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Address: 723 S Union Street
Neighborhood: Backyard Boats
Listed: $1,950,000

723 South Union Street is a unique offering. This east facing brick residence is located in the desirable riverfront Southeast Quadrant of Old Town Alexandria.

The property offers a gracious, open floor plan that makes large scale entertaining a breeze. The light filled living spaces are highlighted with custom moldings and millwork including lovely built-in bookcases in the living room and second floor library. The gourmet eat-in kitchen has top quality custom cabinetry, stone counters and a suite of GE Monogram appliances.

Twin glass doors provide access to a spacious walled terrace; the perfect place to enjoy a warm Autumn evening. There are 3 large bedrooms plus a lower level den all with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. One of which, the owner’s suite is outfitted with three generous closets. The owner’s bath offers double vanities, walk-in shower and separate soaking tub.

An oversized underground 2 car garage and an elevator that services all 4 levels provide convenience and comfort not commonly found in Old Town.

Listed by:
Sissy Zimmerman of The BBZ Group
McEnearney Associates REALTORS
703-989-9779
[email protected]
bbzgroup.com

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Join the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University for an upcoming virtual open house for prospective students! Learn more about our top-ranked degrees as our sessions will explore master’s, certificate and PhD programs.

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Tuesday, September 15
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Wednesday, September 23
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Thursday, October 22
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Thursday, November 12
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George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 best school in the U.S. for security studies programs relating to intelligence, counterterrorism, and emergency management. With dedicated career services advisors, 16,000+ passionate alumni around the globe, and a faculty of leaders and experts in their fields, you will benefit from a world-class education.

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To learn more about graduate programs at the Schar School, fill out the inquiry form to indicate your interest to the Admissions team or register for a virtual open house.

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This week’s Q&A column is written by Ann McClure of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant market news, contact Ann at 301-367-5098 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Inspecting? What should I expect?

Answer: Home Inspections. So beneficial — even in a very tight inventory market. I get it, sometimes to get a house a buyer might feel they have to waive the inspection. However, I would encourage this buyer to still do a home inspection, post-closing or at least have some experts out to check major systems (HVAC, roof, chimney, electrical and plumbing). Making the most of this time and these experts is key to successful home ownership.

Buyers, this is your opportunity to learn about your future property — the biggest investment you will likely ever make. Won’t your parents feel better knowing you inspected? All kidding aside, home maintenance is critical to both enjoying where you live and your prospects for resale down the road.

An inspection may also reveal current defects or, at the very least, items needing attention in the future. For instance, did you notice the tell-tale signs of water intrusion along the baseboards in the lower level? Or the mold-like substance on rafters in the attic? Are these signs of a current issue?

Inspectors are great resources for prioritizing projects: Needed updates, ideal upgrades and critical maintenance. Take advantage of their knowledge — learn where to spend money and where you may be able to wait, at least for now. You may even learn of alternate solutions you might not have considered or even known about, otherwise. What? You can open those painted windows with a pizza cutter? And, sealing your air ducts can increase the energy-efficiency of your home by how much? That might really save on your energy bills! You’ll find out, if I install a UV light on the furnace, does it really help with allergies and other bacteria?

Get your questions answered… Why is carrying the water away from the house so important? Why does your gas furnace need a certain amount of air flow around it? Why are the expensive furnace filters maybe sometimes not as good as the cheaper ones?

What if you are buying a new construction property? Many times, I have heard of buyers forgoing inspections on a new home, but experience has taught me, just because a home is new does NOT mean it is defect-free. I once saw an independent inspector find an issue with a gas furnace that both the builder’s inspector and the county inspector missed, that could cause a potentially deadly carbon monoxide issue!

A good home inspection offers a baseline. God forbid you have an insurance claim — at least you would have written documentation of the condition your home was in should you ever have to prove it. Like the Farmers Insurance commercials, but with my twist, “Inspectors, they know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Let’s play devil’s advocate… Suppose you spend several hundred dollars and have a great home inspection and very few issues are found. No, you didn’t waste your money! Congratulations — you were just validated! You made a sound investment. Isn’t that peace-of-mind worth a few hundred well-spent dollars? Your realtor must have taught you well!

Buying a property “AS IS”? Don’t you still have to know what IS is? Learn about the home and its issues and then decide if you still want to move forward. Perhaps there’s a cracked foundation. Just like leaving spoiled milk in the fridge — it won’t get any better if you just leave it. Depending on how your contract is written, you may be able to void following an inspection, so you don’t have to inherit someone else’s problem.

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According to the Consumer Federation of America’s annual Consumer Complaints Report, the Home Improvement/Construction industry had the second highest number of complaints of all consumer industries in 2017-2019.

The most common complaints cited: “Shoddy work, failure to start or complete the job, failure to have required licensing or registration.” Additionally, the industry also ranked first for the “worst” complaints according to the surveys, meaning “…the dollar amount involved, the impact on vulnerable consumers, or the sheer outrageousness of the situation.”

These are some of the reasons that local startup, Remodelmate, was founded in 2018 with a different goal in mind: To build a home renovation company that put consumer interests first.

According to CEO and founder, Chad Hall, “When you’re making an investment in something as personal as your bathroom, you should have complete confidence that your contractor is an expert, that he’s going to do what he’s supposed to do, when he says he’s going to do it, and at the quoted price. Unfortunately, that is not most people’s experience.”

To address homeowner concerns, Remodelmate starts by fully vetting the background, reputation and licensure of all their contractors. Further, they address several other concerns directly, including a no down payment policy (just a $100 booking fee), no charges until after each phase of work is completed and no markup on materials.

Perhaps the most interesting difference is a project manager assigned to every job whose role is to keep the project on time and on budget so the homeowner has complete peace of mind. The PM is assigned when a project is booked and oversees material orders, contractor booking, permit requirements, construction progress and any issues that arise along the way.

For more information, visit remodelmate.com or schedule a free phone consultation.

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Our Just Listed properties this week features this gorgeously updated end unit in Warwick Village! Unique and updated in every way, this beautifully maintained home will wow you from the moment you walk up! A fabulous, large front porch greets you — enjoy relaxing and watching the world go by from just outside your front door.

216 Tennessee Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305  — The Jen Walker Team

Enter into the home with a coat closet to the left and large, open floor plan with kitchen flowing into living and dining rooms. The gourmet kitchen has been recently renovated and features beautiful appliances, gorgeous countertops, updated lighting, a farmhouse sink and a large pantry! The living and dining areas flow easily to the rear of the home, where a door leads you to a large, private and fully fenced yard.

New TREX decking and 7 foot fence create a relaxing space to enjoy evenings by a fire pit or BBQ parties with friends. The upper level features three bedrooms, all with beautiful, neutral paint and updated lighting and a full bathroom. The lower level has an additional full bathroom and a large recreation room with storage, laundry and utilities. You don’t want to miss this one! Welcome home!

We will be featuring this home on a Virtual Open House this Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m. on our Instagram.

Click here for more Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Peter Crouch of McEnearney Associates Realtors®, the leading real estate firm in Alexandria. To learn more about this article and relevant Alexandria market news, contact Peter at 703-244-4024 or email [email protected]. You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: Should I stay or should I go?

Answer: When the punk rock band The Clash put a song with this title on their 1981 album release, they surely never imagined the classic lyric being used in a Senior Housing context.

Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) along with the Alexandria Bar Association is proceeding with its annual Senior Law Day — only virtually this year. Instead of the usual half-day program, it will be broken into three virtual panel discussions. The overall theme, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” addresses housing for older folks, financial concerns around housing and care, and estate planning. Experts from these fields will speak on three successive Fridays beginning September 11.

The first panel will address the big picture of housing, from Aging in Place to Downsizing and Home Modifications to Senior Communities — plus the legal documents that go with such options.

The second panel will address financial concerns such as long-term care, Medicare/Medicaid, what the different housing options may include, as well as tax breaks and funding home modifications.

The third panel will cover Estate Planning, from basic documents, powers of attorney and other “agents,” and the impacts of such documents — or lack thereof.

The first panel on September 11, features Rachel Baer, Esquire, to address legal documents related to housing, Heidi Garvis of Caring Considerations to address the costs of home care vs. community care, and myself — Pete Crouch, Seniors Real Estate Specialist at McEnearney Associates, Inc. to speak to housing options.

As for housing options, there are many, many choices to consider as we age. The first is clearly Aging in Place, which, as the name implies, means staying put in your current housing. It does require, however, making a plan for potentially changing health and financial considerations. Houses, condominiums and apartments can be modified to make them more compatible with such considerations over time, and a well-thought-out plan can make all the difference.

We are also very fortunate in our area to have many options for housing. A large number of older Alexandrians have chosen to move to condos and apartments. The idea is to lessen the maintenance burden of single-family dwellings, provide one-level living, and enhance social interaction, among other benefits. In fact, almost half of the members of our local Senior Village — At Home in Alexandria — have downsized to condominiums and are Aging in Place there.  Again, financial and estate planning considerations can be crucial.

Another option is our local Senior Communities. These range from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Memory Care to Life Plan Communities (also known as CCRC’s — Continuing Care Retirement Communities). Each has its strengths and its appeal.

I encourage you to register for Senior Law Day(s), so you can learn about all of the topics covered in this article and more. Registering once gives you access to all three panel discussions, starting September 11 from 2-3 p.m. Take in your housing education from the safety of your home! Please join us!

Register here for 2020 Senior Law Day.

Pete Crouch is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, which means he is well-versed in all aspects of moving as we age. His own downsize gave him tremendous insights into what is involved, from emotional matters to real estate considerations. Pete is a Board Member of At Home in Alexandria (AHA), our local Senior Village, and was the 2018 National Recipient of the “Outstanding Service Award” by the National Association of Realtors for his work with Senior Moves. Text 703-244-4024 or email [email protected] for a copy of his Downsize Alexandria! Booklet about living more simply in Greater Alexandria.

If you would like a question answered in our weekly column or to set up an appointment with one of our Associates, please email: [email protected] or call 703-549-9292.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. www.McEnearney.com Equal Housing Opportunity. #WeAreAlexandria

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Just Listed in Alexandria

Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates Realtors®. 

Welcome Back!

Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my two rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky and Micki MacNaughton, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $103 million in 2019.

Our Just Listed properties this week features this 3 BR/2 BA townhome in sought after Warwick Village! Open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gorgeous hardwood flooring, fresh paint throughout main and upper levels. Lower level boasts large recreation area, full bathroom, laundry room. Private patio ideal for entertaining. Walk to restaurants, shops and entertainment on “The Avenue.” Close to metro. We will be featuring this home on a Virtual Open House this Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. on our Instagram.

3110 Landover Street, Alexandria, VA 22305The Jen Walker Team

Click here for more Just Listed properties in Alexandria and call The Jen Walker Team to schedule a home tour at 703-675-1566 or email [email protected].

In this midst of COVID-19, we will not be hosting any in-person open houses. We will, however, be going live on our Instagram every weekend for our virtual tours. Stay updated with our virtual tours by following us on our Instagram page for updates.

Happy House Hunting!

In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!

Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.

McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria

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This week’s Q&A column is sponsored and written by Brian Bonnet, Senior Loan Officer (NMLS ID# 224811) of Atlantic Coast Mortgage, LLC (NMLS ID# 643114). To learn more about current mortgage rates and the home loan process, contact Brian at 703-766-6702 or email [email protected] You may also submit your questions to McEnearney Associates via email for response in future columns.

Question: How can buyers use bridge financing to position themselves to purchase a new home without first selling?

Answer: Ask any real estate agent doing business in the D.C. metropolitan area, and they will tell you it is almost impossible to make a competitive offer to purchase a home if you must sell your existing home first. Contract offers contingent upon the sale of an existing home are often dismissed right out of the gate. And why wouldn’t they be?

If a seller has multiple offers to purchase, at or above asking price, and some of the offers are not contingent upon the sale of any other property, the seller would generally not give much — or any — consideration to a contract offer which is contingent. So how do buyers position themselves to purchase without first selling? Bridge financing may be the answer. Many lenders do not provide bridge loans, but some of us do.

Bridge financing is any type of borrowing that allows the purchaser to buy before selling. It could be a home equity line of credit on the existing home, a traditional short-term bridge loan secured by the existing property (or the new property), or temporary loans secured by each property.

It can even be financing provided by Great Uncle Fred. The type of bridge financing sought, to some degree, depends upon the borrower’s needs. The first thing consumers should understand is that while some people qualify for bridge financing, many do not.

Bridge financing is generally needed to provide the cash to meet the down payment and closing cost requirement associated with the purchase of the new home; the remaining financing is provided in the form of a traditional permanent mortgage loan. In some instances, purchasers plan to hold no financing associated with the new home, but the funds which would allow them to pay cash for their new home are tied up as equity in their existing property.

Bridge financing, more often than not, is the means of tapping into the existing property equity to generate the cash needed for the new home. So significant equity in the existing home is the first thing the borrower needs to qualify for a bridge loan. The maximum combined loan-to-value (CLTV) allowed under most institutional bridge loans is between 70% and 80%.

If the existing home has a value of $750,000 and the bridge loan lender will allow a 70% CLTV, the maximum bridge loan would be $525,000. If there is already a mortgage in place on the property, the maximum bridge loan would be the difference between that amount and the $525,000 number. For example, if the existing mortgage had a balance of $300,000, a bridge loan could be obtained in the amount of $225,000. If the purchaser was seeking to buy a new property at a price of $1 million, the bridge loan proceeds would provide the 20% down payment needed with some additional funds left to help cover closing costs.

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

The U.S. Supreme Court, on June 15, 2020, by a 6-3 vote, in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, ruled that federal law protects gay and transgender workers (or applicants) from employment discrimination. A copy of the new landmark Supreme Court case is provided here.

In short, the new court case found that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII” of the Civil Rights Act.” This is a landmark decision, the extent of which will evolve in the years to come as other courts start hearing these types of employment discrimination cases.

Why is the Ruling Important?

The major reason why the Supreme Court decision is so important is that there have been few protections against sexual orientation discrimination (even fewer for transgender discrimination) under various state laws. Less than one-half of the states have laws banning sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination (Virginia enacted one recently).

For the first time, employees in all 50 states have protections from this type of discrimination. This ruling makes it just as illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer to discriminate against someone for being gay or transgender as it does for employers to discriminate against employees based on race, sex or religion.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, in drafting the Supreme Court’s decision, reasoned that while the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, the language used at the time by Congress had many unintended consequences at the time which have come to light over the past 56 years. Justice Gorsuch believed that the language in the 1964 law applied to gay and transgender employees:

“In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”

Three Justices disagreed, including Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh.

What does the Ruling Mean?

The new Supreme Court ruling means that employees (or applicants) who are fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against at work because they are gay or transgender, will be able to file equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaints and sue their employers in federal court for illegal discrimination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is currently revising their website to account for this new decision and their role in enforcing the decision of the Supreme Court in the 50 states.

Because the Civil Rights Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees, there remains a gap in protections for gay and transgender employees in the 25 or so states without state law protections. There is also the hope that some states that don’t specifically protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination may interpret their own civil rights laws to now include such protections taking a cue from the U.S. Supreme Court.

In short, it is the first federal step in protecting gay and transgender employees from employment discrimination. It is also long overdue.

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