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California DFEH’s new transgender regulations go into effect

by Dentons on

Effective July 1, 2017, California employers became subject to new regulations, promulgated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), interpreting the California Fair Employment and Housing Act's...more

DOJ amicus brief in employment discrimination case undermines CFPB position on ECOA protection for sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that presents the question of whether the prohibition on employment discrimination on the basis of...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Is Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII? The DOJ Weighs In

by Littler on

Last week, on Wednesday July 26, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in a Second Circuit case taking the position that Title VII does not protect employees against sexual orientation...more

California’s New Regulations on Gender Identity and Gender Expression

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act has prohibited discrimination in employment based on “gender identity” and “gender expression,” since 2011, but until now, employers have had little guidance on the practical...more

Federal Court Stays Section 1557 Litigation Pending HHS’s Decision to Revisit Regulation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On July 10, 2017, the Northern District of Texas stayed its much-watched Section 1557 case (known as the Franciscan Alliance case) pending HHS’s decision to revisit or revise its regulation under Section 1557. At issue in...more

Four hot mid-year topics in California employment law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As California sizzles under scorching temperatures, state and local governments have turned up the heat on employers. Employers should be aware of and make sure they are in compliance with important legislative changes...more

Gender Identity Not Covered By Missouri Human Rights Act, Court Says

Last week, the Missouri Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that gender identity is not covered by the prohibition on sex discrimination in the Missouri Human Rights Act. The opinion builds on a 2015 opinion from the...more

Department of Education Rethinking Campus Guidance on Sexual Assault

by Littler on

Higher education institutions may soon be asked to reconsider how they comply with Title IX obligations when a student or employee files a sexual assault complaint. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently indicated it...more

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act, which requires some establishments with single-occupancy restrooms to display signs indicating that the restroom is gender-neutral, has been in effect since March 1, 2017. Assembly Bill...more

New California Transgender Regulations: Employer Do's & Don'ts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California continues to forge a trail for gender identity protections in the United States. On July 1, 2017, the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted new regulations addressing transgender issues that broaden the scope...more

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The competing interests of an individual’s First Amendment right to religious freedom and an individual’s right to be free from discrimination will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) in the...more

Employment Law - July 2017

California Supreme Court Reverses PAGA Discovery Ruling - Why it matters - On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls) issued its first opinion addressing the scope of...more

Part 1 of 2: My Sit-Down Interview With Former EEOC General Counsel David Lopez

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses current employment law news, trends, developments and guest analysis. This episode presents the first of two parts of a timely and...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

New California Regulations Expand Protections for Transgender Workers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The California Office of Administrative Law has approved new regulations, effective July 1, 2017, expanding protections for transgender workers under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The FEHA prohibits...more

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws - New California Laws Took Effect July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California is continuing to be a leader on emerging civil rights issues. Back in 2004, California enacted laws to protect transgender workers. Transgender issues have become a front-burner topic.   On the national scene,...more

Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

by FordHarrison on

On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not...more

Are Transgender Employees Disabled under the ADA?

There has been a lot of discussion over the last year about whether transgender employees are protected against sex discrimination under Title VII—but what about against disability discrimination under the Americans with...more

Reminder: New California Employment Regulations Go into Effect July 1

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers with employees in California should review policies and practices regarding consideration of criminal history in employment decisions as well as protections on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and...more

California’s New Regulations Offer More Protection For Transgender Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has approved new regulations to protect transgender individuals, effective July 1, 2017. The new regulations expand protections available for people who...more

New California Bill Would Require Sexual Harassment Training to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Harassment

by Fisher Phillips on

As introduced, Senate Bill 396 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) dealt with medical residence training programs. However, recently the contents of the bill were stripped out and replaced with new and unrelated language...more

“Male, Female, A Combination of Male and Female, Neither Male Nor Female”… New California Regulations Regarding Transgender...

by Bryan Cave on

Effective July 1, 2017, there are new regulations adopted by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Authority which significantly expand protections against discrimination for the transgendered. Broader Definitions -...more

No Summer Break for Employers: New Duties Start July 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to relax for the summer, California is giving employers four new reasons to keep on their toes. Laws going into effect on July 1, 2017, will address (1) domestic violence,...more

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