Sex Discrimination

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Transgender Accommodation Issues at the Forefront of Employment and Education

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new Fact Sheet, announcing its formal position on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The Fact Sheet provides employers with a...more

Maryland Passes One of Nation’s Most Expansive Equal Pay Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: Maryland Governor Hogan has signed into law a new pay equity bill that strengthens protection against pay discrimination in the workplace, and prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment...more

No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after...more

SCOTUS Dodges EEOC Fee-Shifting

This morning, the Supreme Court dodged the final resolution of an issue we have all been dying to have resolved, but threw a nice bone to employers in the process. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC The case started when the...more

EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Transgender Restroom Access

On Monday, May 2nd, 2016, the EEOC issued a fact sheet entitled “Fact Sheet: Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The fact sheet comports with the agency’s stance...more

Final Blacklisting and Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Slated for Late Summer Publication, According to Spring Regulatory Agenda

Although this election season may feel endless, there are only six more months until voters decide the next president and members of Congress. Within this window, federal agencies are scrambling to finalize rules before the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2016 #3

Maryland becomes the first State to mandate over-the-counter contraceptive coverage; Missouri plans to increase Medicaid asset limitations by 500% by 2021; and HHS' final rule extends protections against sex discrimination to...more

Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights Issue Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (“Guidance”). This guidance is provided pursuant to the Departments’...more

Section 1557 of the ACA – The Impact of the Final Rule on Healthcare Providers

In earlier articles, I have called Section 1557 “the future of healthcare discrimination litigation” and the “legal side of health equity.” HHS/OCR’s final rule under Section 1557—which will go into effect on July 18,...more

U.S. DOE and DOJ Release Joint Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance today entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students. This guidance is provided pursuant to the DOE and DOJ’s enforcement authority under Title IX,...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue ‘Significant Guidance’ on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) containing “significant guidance” on how these departments will apply sex discrimination protections under Title IX...more

Flushed: The Debate Over Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Continues

America is currently in the midst of a debate over sex segregated public bathrooms and their impact on the bathroom access rights of transgender individuals. Over the past few years, there’s been a wave of state legislation...more

EEOC Serves Notice Regarding Transgender Employees Bathroom Access Rights

In the midst of all the media coverage surrounding transgender bathroom policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently put employers on notice of its position that denying an employee access to a...more

Federal Appeals Court May Soon Decide Whether Title VII Ban on Sex Discrimination Applies to Sexual Orientation

Two pending cases may provide the first rulings from federal appeals courts that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Last September, the Seventh Circuit heard arguments in Hively v....more

EEOC Weighs-In on Restroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees

The Fact Sheet explains the EEOC’s position that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), restricting a transgender employee’s access to restrooms that is not consistent with the employee’s gender...more

EEOC Acts Again on LGBT Rights

The EEOC has again taken the reins on LGBT rights by issuing some “Bathroom” guidance, giving employers a further strong indication of where the agency is leaning when it comes to enforcement of LGBT rights in the...more

You'll Be OK, Governor, When Historians Ponder the Trump Phenomenon

Prior to World War II in the United States of America, Italian immigrants were commonly referred to as Wops and Dagos, and if an Italian immigrant achieved notable success in business, his wealth was often attributed to...more

Ellucian to Pay $140,000 to Resolve Discrimination against Transgender Employee

Higher Education Technology Services Company Unlawfully Removed Employee From Her Position After She Revealed her Gender Transition - MINNEAPOLIS -- Ellucian, a higher education technology services company with...more

Fourth Circuit Holds that “Sex” Under Title IX Incorporates Gender Identity

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit in a case of first impression held that Title IX entitles transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Though that ruling only discusses Title IX, the...more

EEOC Posts Fact Sheets On LGBT Discrimination, Transgender Issues

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a new Fact Sheet on LGBT discrimination that employers will find helpful. As I’ve reported before here and here, the agency is taking an aggressive position regarding...more

EEOC: Bathroom Access Rights Guaranteed By Title VII

Last fall, I raised the issue of bathroom access for employees that corresponds with their gender identity. The issue, however, that seems to get the most press is restroom access....more

Country Fresh Sued by EEOC for Sex Discrimination

Milk Manufacturer Refused to Promote Woman Because of Gender, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Grand Rapids, Mich.-based milk and juice manufacturer violated federal law by subjecting a female employee to sex...more

Limiting Plaintiff’s Discovery on Similarly Situated Employees Reasonable, Federal Court Finds

Limiting a plaintiff’s pretrial discovery can be the key to defending an employment discrimination lawsuit. This point was aptly demonstrated in a federal appellate court ruling approving a district court’s denial of...more

Recordkeeping Non-Compliance Will Cost You—the EEOC Settles its Sex Discrimination Case Against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile

We posted in October 2015 about the EEOC filing suit against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile, asserting sex discrimination in violation of Title VII’s record retention provisions. The complaint alleged that in June 2010 Martina...more

Fourth Circuit Holds that Title IX Protects Transgender Student’s Right to Use Men’s Restroom Consistent With the Student's Gender...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds that Title IX protects a transgender student’s right to use the restroom that aligns with the student’s gender identity. The Fourth Circuit has become the first...more

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