Sexual Orientation

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EEOC: Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down restrictions on marriage by same-sex couples, but it did not address other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, such as in employment....more

EEOC says sexual orientation protected under Title VII

The last few years have seen a dramatic expansion of rights to persons on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found unconstitutional the heterosexual definitions of “marriage”...more

EEOC Confirms that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination

On July 15, 2015, the EEOC issued an official decision that sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination under Title VII. The EEOC explained that “sexual orientation is inherently a ‘sex-based consideration,’ and...more

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

EEOC Decision: Title VII Protects Employees' Sexual Orientation

The EEOC’s Decision - On July 18, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination extends to discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation....more

EEOC Rules That Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

In a 3-2 decision published on Thursday, July 16, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) concluded that intentional discrimination against an employee based on their sexual orientation is sex...more

EEOC Rules that “Sex” Encompasses Sexual Orientation Under Title VII; Ruling Helpful to LGBT Employees, But Not an End to the...

In a sweeping decision, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that Title VII prohibits sexual orientation-based discrimination. Although the statute does not explicitly include sexual orientation as a...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #3

There’s just no rest for employment lawyers this summer. We had another exciting week. The biggest news was the EEOC’s ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The agency found that...more

EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation a Protected Category Under Title VII

Jumping on the coattails of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, the EEOC has found that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Is Sexual Orientation Now a Protected Class?

In our June 26 alert regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, we said we would continue to keep you posted regarding new developments in this area of the law. Some of you may...more

EEOC Rules Discrimination Based on Employee's Sexual Orientation Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) has issued a potentially groundbreaking decision finding that discrimination based on "sexual orientation" can be brought under Title VII of the Civil...more

The Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision - Potential Impact on the Workplace

In its recent landmark Obergefell decision, the United States Supreme Court held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states. Many employers will have to decide whether to continue benefits for...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

Agencies Release Guide on LGBT Discrimination Protections for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, four Federal Government agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual...more

[Event] 2015 D.C. Pride Week Celebration - June 4, Washington, D.C.

Pride Week Celebration - hosted by Sheppard Mullin - June 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m....more

District of Columbia Passes Two New Non-Discrimination Laws Impacting Employers

Earlier this week, D.C.’s Mayor signed two new measures amending the D.C. Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) to prohibit (1) discrimination against employees of religiously-affiliated educational institutions on the basis of sexual...more

Another Day, Another Rule for Federal Contractors

As we previously noted, federal contractors have been besieged in recent months with regulatory changes and enforcement initiatives advanced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and various...more

Transgender Employees: The New Protected Category?

By now, most employers are familiar with the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: race, color, religion, national origin and sex. Additional categories are...more

Title VII at 50: What's New? - Employment Law Update

This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in response to the growing civil rights movement. For employers, the most important component...more

HUD PIH issues Equal Access Rule implementation guidance

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued PIH 2014-20 (PIH Notice) providing guidance to public housing authorities (PHAs), PHA affiliates and instrumentalities, mixed-finance owners and owners of...more

Is Sexual Orientation Including Gender Identity the Next Universally Protected Class in Employment Law?

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order expanding protection of employees of the federal government provided by Executive Orders 11478 and 11246. Specifically, individuals in federal employment cannot be...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender...

Frustrated with Congress's failure to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and consistent with his recent Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees of federal contractors,...more

New Employment Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors, U.S. Government

Continuing to use executive authority to act in the absence of Congressional action, President Obama signed an Executive Order on July 21, 2014 that gave new protections against discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Job Discrimination by Federal Contractors and Government

What the Executive Order Does - This Executive Order amends two earlier executive orders: it amends Executive Order 11246, which prohibits discrimination by federal contractors to add sexual orientation and gender...more

Federal Contractors Beware – Part 2

Federal contractors beware. More changes are coming your way. On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of gender identity and sexual...more

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