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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

Is Same-Sex Discrimination Considered “Sex Discrimination” Under Title VII? 

The Supreme Court made clear in 2015 that same-sex marriage is legal across the nation. However, two years later, we still are not clear whether a person’s sexual orientation is protected under Title VII’s “sex...more

Transparency in Terminology and Treating Transgender Employees Fairly

Seyfarth Synopsis: With increased attention placed on transgender rights in recent years, employers should pay close attention to transgender discrimination and related issues in the workplace. This post offers some tips for...more

Seventh Circuit Indicates It May Conclude that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

Since its enactment, courts have followed the premise that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. A changing of the tides began in July 2015, when the Equal Employment...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims Under TITLE VII Won’t Be Dismissed…in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of...

The EEOC is on a mission to expand the scope of Title VII to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation, and that mission has been accomplished (for now) in the United States...more

Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (‘EEOC”) has been aggressively advancing its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation even though sexual...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited by Title VII, Federal Court Rules

The prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to sexual orientation, Judge Cathy Bissoon of the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled. EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Ctr., No....more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds that Sexual Orientation is Protected Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not expressly list sexual orientation as a protected classification. Last year, however, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held that sexual orientation is a form of...more

Oh, Wait A Minute — Sexual Orientation Bias DOES Violate Title VII?

Feeling whipsawed? Last summer, I reported on the Hively v. Ivy Tech decision, in which a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is...more

Employment Newsletter - Fall 2016

Over the last five years, members of the LGBTQ community have had much to celebrate as traditional barriers to equality have been knocked down one-by- one by the federal government. In 2010, the Patient Protection and...more

The EEOC’s Push to Expand Employees’ Rights Under Title VII to Include Protection from Workplace Discrimination on the Basis of...

Over the last five years, members of the LGBTQ community have had much to celebrate as traditional barriers to equality have been knocked down one-by-one by the federal government. In 2010, the Patient Protection and...more

A Look Through The Crystal Ball: The EEOC’s Updated 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 17, 2016, the EEOC unveiled its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. It ought to be required reading for every employer and their executive teams. The New...more

"Employment Flash - August 2016"

The August 2016 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on when the clock starts ticking on the filing period for constructive discharge claims; the Department of...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Not Covered Under Title VII, Court Says

But Decision Provides Ample Warning To Employers - A federal court of appeals recently announced that it had no choice but to deny an LGBT plaintiff’s request to proceed with a sexual orientation discrimination claim...more

Employment Law Commentary, July 2016: The EEOC’s New Focus On LGBTQ Discrimination: How To Stay Out Of The Headlines

The year 2015 was a breakthrough year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Just over a year ago, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on marriage...more

Courts Consider New Definition Of “Sex” Discrimination – What It Means For Pennsylvania Employers

Can employees in Western Pennsylvania sue their employer for sexual orientation discrimination under federal law? Right now, the answer is no – but that may be changing soon. In a landmark case called EEOC v. Scott...more

The EEOC Calls for Federal Judge to Continue with Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) asked U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon in the Western District of Pennsylvania to reject a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit alleging a worker was discriminated against...more

Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

This issue of Take 5 is devoted to recent laws and court rulings that have particular significance for retailers. These five short articles address fundamental changes to policies and practices in the retail workplace,...more

EEOC: Denial of Transgender Employees' Access to a Common Restroom Violates Title VII

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a "Fact Sheet” setting forth its position that denying an employee equal access to a common (i.e., multi-user) restroom corresponding to the employee's...more

EEOC Seeks To Expand Reach Of Sexual Orientation Claims

A new wave of litigation may result in sexual orientation discrimination being prohibited at most workplaces across the country. The last month has seen a historic series of lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Mixed Messages on LGBT Protections

NYC Guidelines Strengthen Transgender Protections in Employment; NC Law Eliminates Local LGBT Protections Altogether.  Confused, Anyone? I don’t envy employers these days. It ain’t easy staying on top of all of the...more

The LGBT Question the EEOC is Putting to the Test

Does Title VII Cover Sexual Orientation Discrimination? The EEOC is getting serious about sexual orientation discrimination: in the two lawsuits filed earlier this month, the EEOC argues—for the first time in court—that...more

3 Strategies for Employers in Light of the EEOC’s Title VII Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is far less costly to identify and address complaints of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace on the front end when compared to the costs of protracted...more

Protection for LGBT Workers on the Rise: EEOC Files First Title VII Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Earlier this month, the EEOC filed its first lawsuits against employers alleging sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII, arguing that Title VII’s protections extend to sexual orientation as a form of gender bias....more

EEOC Files its First Sexual Orientation Suits Under Title VII

The EEOC has filed its first lawsuits accusing employers of gender bias for discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. The complaints are grounded in the theory that the protections in Title VII of...more

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