On March 9, 2021, the CFPB issued an interpretive rule regarding sex discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B). Regulation B prohibits a creditor from discriminating against an applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or age. This ruling officially clarifies that “sex” discrimination includes sexual orientation discrimination, gender identity discrimination, …discrimination based on actual or perceived nonconformity with traditional sex- or gender-based stereotypes, and discrimination based on an applicant’s social or other associations.
This ruling is not unexpected. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination. President Biden also issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation in January 2021 and HUD followed with a memorandum in February which clarified that HUD interprets the Fair Housing Act to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and directing HUD offices and recipients of HUD funds to enforce the Act accordingly.
The CFPB also stated they look forward to working with Congress on the Equality Act, which, if enacted, would codify protections for consumers against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in ALL financial products and services.
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Deb joined Banker’s Compliance Consulting with twenty years of experience in the banking industry. Her past positions include teller, credit review analyst, assistant financial officer, BSA Officer, Compliance Officer, and Director of Compliance. She has worked for both a small community bank and a large billion-dollar bank.
Deb has Associate Degrees in Business Management and Accounting. She is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Graduate School of Compliance Management, an honors graduate of Schools of Banking Compliance School, and a graduate of Schools of Banking Advanced School of Banking. Deb’s considerable knowledge and experience make her a valuable member of the Banker’s Compliance Consulting Team. Deb is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and a Certified Anti Money-Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Deb loves to spend her free time cycling, running, kayaking and weight lifting with her husband. Between them, they have three adult children and six grandchildren. Other interests include anything outdoors and anything she hasn’t done or seen yet!