Gender Discrimination

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Emergence of Transgender Status Issues in Workplace Raises Compliance Questions for Employers

Transgender issues have been grabbing headlines in recent months—perhaps most notably with Bruce Jenner’s televised announcement about his gender transition. Beyond the bright lights of pop culture, a wave of litigation and...more

Religious Institutions Update: May 2015

Religious institutions commonly keep ministry supporters and members abreast of developments through newsletters, correspondence and other communications. Sometimes, the developments reported are embarrassing to those...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

EEOC Takes On Transgender Discrimination Under Title VII

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the EEOC may proceed with sex discrimination claims on behalf of a transgender plaintiff. This litigation is one of two actions filed...more

For Equal Pay Act Comparison, “Equal” Can Mean “Greater Than”

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (“EPA”) bars employers from discriminating in the payment of wages between employees on the basis of their gender. The employees of different genders must be performing equal work in jobs which...more

Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Goes Into Effect

The folks at KUER ran a report yesterday on Utah’s ground breaking LGBT antidiscrimination law, which went into effect yesterday. Titled the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Act, the law prohibits workplace...more

DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination against LGBT Individuals in Government Contracting Effective April 2015

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The final rule implements Executive Order (EO)...more

A Title VII Transition?: Protections for Transgender Persons in the Workplace

Three years ago, the EEOC issued an opinion which held, for the first time, that discrimination against transgender persons based on gender identity is impermissible sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...more

Local Court Ruling Takes the Hands off of Hands On: Tensions between Fairness Ordinances and Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Businesses should keep a close eye on a case that continues to develop in Lexington, Kentucky, as it highlights the current tensions between emerging, evolving antidiscrimination paradigms and rights of free expression and...more

Employment Law - April 2015 #2

LinkedIn Search Doesn’t Implicate FCRA, California Court Rules - Why it matters: Granting LinkedIn’s motion to dismiss, a federal court judge in California held that LinkedIn users could not sue the site for...more

Newport News Industrial Corporation Agrees to Pay $65,000 in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee for Complaining About Gender Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, N.C. - Newport News Industrial Corporation has agreed to pay $65,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to...more

EEOC Requires Employer to Provide Restroom Access to Transgendered Employee Based on Gender Identity

Many employers and municipalities across the U.S. are considering changes to laws and rules governing access to restroom facilities by transgendered persons. Employers can struggle balancing the interests of transgendered...more

EEOC Transgender Case In Detroit Will Go Forward

As our readers know, the EEOC filed two lawsuits last fall against private employers, alleging discrimination against transgender individuals: one case against a medical practice in Florida, and the other against a funeral...more

Anatomy of a (Big) Employment Verdict: Lessons from the Robertson Case

Last week, a federal jury in Pittsburgh awarded a former manufacturing employee, Sandra Robertson, over $13 million in damages in a gender discrimination and retaliation claim against her former employers, Hunter Panels LLC...more

One Of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make two payments of $75,000 to Brandi Branson, who had been the Clinic’s Director of...more

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and...more

Implied Rights in Whistleblower Policies: What DC’s Latest Ruling Means for Employers

On March 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on a motion to dismiss in a case that will have potentially serious consequences for D.C. employers that include written whistleblower and other...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #2

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

Transgender Rights in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers to Protect Against Harassment & Discrimination

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination against gay or transgender federal employees and contractors. On the same day, the first gender-neutral bathroom became available in the White House....more

Federal Court Dismisses Accused Student’s Title IX Lawsuit Against Vassar College

Last week, a federal judge in New York (Abrams, J.) dismissed an accused student’s lawsuit against Vassar College alleging that the institution discriminated against him by failing to conduct an equitable investigation into a...more

EEOC Sues Renaissance School for Age and Sex Discrimination

School Fired Male Employee Because of His Age and Gender, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE - Renaissance School, Inc., of Racine, Wis., an owner and operator of government-funded private schools, violated federal law...more

Does FMLA Cover In Vitro Fertilization? Does It Matter if Dad's Sperm is to Blame?

Is that all it takes to get you to click on my blog entry — make a reference to “sperm” in the blog title and post a silly photo of this little guy?  That was like taking candy from a baby!...more

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Transgender Discrimination

Last week, in a rather bold move, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (“Southeastern”), alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor...more

New OFCCP Regulations Protecting LGBT Workers Now In Effect

As you may recall, last July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While many large federal...more

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Women have made tremendous strides in the last few decades moving into jobs and occupations previously only engaged in by men. Nonetheless, a high profile lawsuit scrutinizing the overwhelmingly male world of venture capital...more

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