Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Split Eleventh Circuit Panel Says Title VII Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Perhaps the hottest issue in employment discrimination law today is whether that ban on gender discrimination includes discrimination on...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Interprets Title VII Broadly to Protect Against Gender Stereotyping and Perceived Sexual Orientation

On March 23, Judge Stengel in the Eastern District of PA denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Title VII case filed by an employee claiming discrimination and harassment based on her appearance and perceived sexual...more

Uncertainty Surrounding Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Steps Employers Should Take

In the current legal landscape, the scope of laws prohibiting sex discrimination remains uncertain, especially because the Supreme Court has yet to take up the issue as it relates to LGBT rights. Most recently, the high...more

Shifting sands: the changing landscape of transgender discrimination

Laws related to transgender discrimination are in a state of rapid flux. In the past couple of years, courts’ views on the law, particularly federal ones, have swung back and forth like a pendulum. Indeed, the interpretation...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Lends Further Confusion to Title VII Protections

In a rather disconnected decision on March 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled, in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, that while Title VII bars an employer from discriminating...more

Dear Littler: How Should I Handle Customer Concerns about a Transgender Employee?

Dear Littler: We have a transgender employee at work, Sarah, who identifies and presents as a female. She is in the process of transitioning and still occasionally exhibits traditionally “male” physical attributes. A client...more

“Free To Be . . . You And Me”: The 11th Circuit’s Strange LGBT Decision

This latest decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on sexual orientation discrimination is weird. A panel of the court found 2-1 in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that the plaintiff did not have...more

March Grabness: Lessons from the (Basketball) Court: Avoiding Personal Fouls, Violations and Time Outs in the Workplace

Harassment has long been an Achilles’ heel of the workplace. Believe it or not, like the NCAA’s tournament TV ratings, the number of harassment-related lawsuits has held rather steady since the 1990s! And like most NCAA...more

Update on Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Updating our previous post on this issue, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a complaint alleging sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. In its 2-1 decision in Evans v....more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Not Prohibited by Title VII, Eleventh Circuit Rules

On March 10, 2017, the majority of a split Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a sexual orientation discrimination claim brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On March 10, 2017, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Accordingly,...more

Appeals Court Refuses To Extend Title VII Coverage To Sexual Orientation

On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to extend Title VII’s protections to sexual orientation discrimination, but reinforced that employees may allege sex discrimination claims when they face workplace...more

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #2

Last week, Magnolia Health, a California company that operates health care and assisted living facilities, agreed to pay $325,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination class action lawsuit. In the...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

How Will the EEOC Change Under the Trump Administration?

Employers, human resource professionals, and employment attorneys all have the same burning question on their minds – what is the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with newly appointed...more

SCOTUS, New Dear Colleague Letter Muddle Transgender Issues Under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students to use...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

Trump Administration’s Position on Transgender Rights Not Likely To Impact Employers

President Trump’s administration rescinded the Obama administration’s directive that allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity and also declared that discrimination against...more

Leaked Draft Executive Order to Respect Religious Freedom Disrespects the LGBTQ Community

Last summer, Donald Trump received recognition for being the first Republican presidential nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech. If you didn’t actually listen to his speech or read the transcript,...more

More Than A “Bathroom Mandate”: Gender Identity Discrimination Under Titles VII And IX In The Trump Era

In May 2016, the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague letter directing schools to recognize and treat...more

Federal Government Reverses Position on Transgender Students’ Use of School Facilities

Education Alert February 27, 2017 On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice withdrew two guidance letters from January 2015 and May 2016 that explained the former administration’s...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week's news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

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