Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Obama Poised to Unilaterally Impose LGBT Workplace Protections

Making good on his pledge to govern by executive order, rather than awaiting congressional legislation, President Obama has announced that he will soon sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against...more

President Obama Plans to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

President Barack Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") employees and job applicants, according to recent...more

White House Moves to Increase ENDA Workplace Protections for LGBT Community

The White House recently announced President Obama's intention to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. If signed, the order...more

Federal Contractor Alerts

LGBT Discrimination - White House officials announced this week that President Obama intends to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or...more

Expected Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees has Implications for Employers

The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order prohibiting government contractors from discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of sexual...more

New FAQ on Houston’s Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (HERO)

The City of Houston recently joined a number of cities that have passed their own anti-discrimination ordinances in an attempt to add coverage for sexual orientation and trans-gender discrimination, which are not explicitly...more

President Obama to Use His “Pen and Phone” to Expand LGBT Workplace Protections

June 2014 is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month, and President Obama is set to mark the month by using his “pen and phone” approach to expand workplace protections for LGBT individuals. Frustrated with...more

President Obama to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors From Discriminating Against LGBT Employees

White House officials reported today that President Obama intends to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity....more

Obama Administration Announces Expansion of Executive Order 11246 to Protect LGBT Workers of Federal Government Contractors

Today, the White House announced that President Obama will issue an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. According to White House staff, the...more

Who Is Houston’s New “HERO”? Houston City Council Passes Sweeping Equal Rights Ordinance

On May 28, 2014, the Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (“HERO”) by a vote of 11 to 6. HERO expands the “protected classifications” beyond those currently provided by federal or Texas...more

Houston Joins Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Ban

Houston, Texas now prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Houston is the last major city in Texas to pass such an ordinance. The Houston City Council passed Ordinance...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 20: Bipartisan Gridlock Prevents Sexual...

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), if passed, would become the first federal legislation that prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or...more

Houston Mayor Proposes City Ordinance On Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Houston is one of the few major cities in the country without a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Neither federal nor Texas law includes such a protected category, however, other Texas cities...more

March 2014 California Employment Law Notes

Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was harassed by his supervisors who called him “queer,” “fagot [sic],” “homo,” and “gay porn star” and was subjected to other humiliating and harassing...more

Tempe City Council Broadens Anti-Discrimination Ordinance To Encompass Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgendered Individuals

On February 27, 2014, by unanimous vote, the Tempe City Council approved a proposal to expand the Tempe City Code’s anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation on...more

Butler Snow: Workplace Vol. 2014 No. 1

Senate Bill 815, referred to as the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” (ENDA), passed the Senate on November 7, 2013. The bill had bipartisan support with 64 Senators (10 Republican) voting in favor and 32 opposing...more

How to Ensure an Inclusive Environment for Student Athletes and Issues of Sexual Identity

Recently, college sophomore Conner Mertens became the first college football player in the United States to publicly come out. Conner is the kicker on the Willamette University football team in Oregon. This unprecedented...more

Evolving Concepts of Discrimination in the Workplace

Shifts in attitudes and changing social mores impact workplace dynamics in ways that are difficult to measure. In some instances, a change in social customs gives rise to the need for new laws, regulations or policies...more

State prohibition on same-sex marriages found unconstitutional

The last several months have witnessed a flurry of court activity regarding same-sex marriage laws. On Tuesday, January 14, Oklahoma joined that activity with an order and opinion issued by Tulsa’s federal court....more

What 2013 Gifts will Employers be Enjoying well into 2014?

The holidays have come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed them, and I hope everyone received the gifts and presents they asked for. I come from a big family—three siblings, 14 aunts and uncles, and nearly twenty cousins....more

A Review of Labor and Employment Policy in 2013: What’s Next in 2014?

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to assess what happened and what didn’t happen in Washington, D.C. during the year in terms of labor and employment law legislation, regulations, and litigation. The short version is that...more

IRS Publishes Post-Windsor Guidance in Notice 2014-1

A significant amount of confusion remains for employee benefit plan sponsors regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor and its holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act...more

Federal District Court (In Its Capacity As An Employer) Must Reimburse Employee for the Cost of Health Benefits for her Same-Sex...

The Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, an administrative body that reviews decisions of the court’s chief judge, recently weighed in on an issue involving same-sex domestic partner health benefits in the post-Windsor world. The...more

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes its First Test in the Senate

The U.S. Senate recently passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) (S. 815), a bill which would prohibit employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their sexual...more

8 Important Things You Should Know About the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) is federal legislation that would prohibit employers from discriminating against potential or actual employees during hiring and employment based on their sexual orientation or...more

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