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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction Denied

On March 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling denying a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe challenging an easement granted on February 8 by the U.S....more

Despite New Administration, EEOC Maintains Position that Title VII Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: To the surprise of many, the EEOC is not retreating from the argument first made by the Obama administration that Title VII forbids employment discrimination based on gender identity. In EEOC v. R.G....more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

Daily Trumpdate: It’s Neil Gorsuch! Puzder Postponed Perpetually?

It’s Neil Gorsuch! President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. If you watched the announcement on TV last night, you already know about his...more

The Ball Dropped on New Year’s Eve for Some ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rules

Some employers may want to reconsider their approach to gender transition benefits after a federal court enjoined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from enforcing its 2016 nondiscrimination regulations...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Nashville Islamic Center Claims Tax Rules Impose Unfair Burden

The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) recently filed a federal complaint and request for declaratory judgment against the State of Tennessee, the Metropolitan Trustee of Nashville, and the Tennessee State Board of...more

Takeaways from the EEOC’s Loss of Noteworthy Transgender Rights Case

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Since the EEOC first ruled in 2012 that discrimination based on transgender status constitutes sex discrimination in violation of Title VII, the EEOC has continued to expand protections for transgender employees, finding that...more

Is There a Change in the Wind for LGBTQ Law?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Unlike many of us, the courts were not on vacation during the month of August in the area of LGBTQ law. We have seen a number of rulings which seem to signal that the courts are trying to “slow down” the EEOC and other...more

The EEOC’s Defeat In Detroit: Pants, Skirts, Gender Identity, And Religion

Last week, I reported that summary judgment was granted against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its transgender discrimination lawsuit against R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, linked to the decision (but...more

Is Religious Freedom a Defense to LGBT Discrimination Claims?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Certainly, the trend in employment law has been toward greater equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land due to the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer...more

Transgender Claim Meets Dress Code

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The worlds of transgender versus religious rights collided hard recently when an EEOC action on behalf of a discharged transgender worker ran full force into a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) defense, and the EEOC...more

Court Dismisses on Religious Freedom Grounds EEOC’s Title VII Suit on Behalf of Fired Transgender Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Finding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of a funeral home’s owner who fired a transgender employee under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a federal district court...more

HHS Final Rule Finds Categorical Exclusions for Health Services Related to Gender Transition Are Generally Unlawful

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published its Final Rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of, among other grounds, sex in...more

Ninth Circuit Agrees That Prohibition on the Possession and Distribution of Cannabis Does Not Violate RFRA

Founder and president of Oklevueha Native American Church of Hawaii, Inc. (“Oklevueha”), Michael Rex “Raging Bear” Mooney, filed suit in 2009 against various federal officials in the Federal District Court of Hawaii.  Mooney...more

Religious Institutions Update: May 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - Has your nonprofit received a donation for a restricted purpose that has become impractical, impossible to achieve, wasteful or even unlawful? A donor may restrict a contribution to a charity for a...more

Claims to Accommodate Flying Spaghetti Monster-ism Hit the Wall in Nebraska Court

by Littler on

On April 12, 2016, a district court in Nebraska rejected the religious accommodation claims advanced by a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.1 In denying the religious accommodation claims, the court was...more

Only days into bill review, Georgia governor vetoes religious liberty bill

by Dentons on

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced in a capitol press conference Monday that he would exercise his veto power by blocking a religious liberty proposal that drew withering criticism from gay rights activists and major...more

Georgia RFRA Vetoed

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

At a press conference this morning, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced that he will veto HB 757, the “Free Exercise Protection Act” that Georgia’s legislature passed less than two weeks ago....more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued on Dec. 17, 2015, a memorandum instructing its examiners not to conduct employment tax audits of churches without getting in touch with a high-ranking Treasury...more

USPS Sued for Seizing Sacramental Marijuana

Oklevueha Native American Church (Church) was established in 1997 in Utah by Plaintiff James Mooney and his wife Linda, who are each of Native American decent. According to the complaint in Oklevueha Native American Church...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly closed out the second week of the legislature’s two-year session Friday, busying itself with the governor’s budget recommendations and consideration of a host of controversial religious liberty...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Contraceptive Mandate Cases

As part of its requirement that non-grandfathered group health plans provide benefits for certain preventive care without cost sharing, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires these plans to cover at least one form of...more

Complicit in Sin: the Burden of the Opt-Out Form

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Does filling out a form burden religious beliefs? We’re about to find out. On November 6, the Supreme Court agreed to review a group of seven cases (led by No. 14-1418, Zubik v. Burwell) brought by religious non-profit...more

United States Supreme Court Tees Up Sequel to “Hobby Lobby” Decision

by Cole Schotz on

As we previously reported, in June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held corporations with religious owners could “opt out” from the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA” or “Act”)...more

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