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Sexual Orientation Discrimination Employer Liability Issues

Gay Bias Is Still In The News

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Second Circuit has announced that it is scheduling en banc review and has asked the EEOC to weigh in on the controversial question of whether Title VII covers discrimination on sexual orientation. The court has invited...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Changing Face Of Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

As all hospitality employers know, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex.” However, the statute does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity. What does...more

Employment Law Authority - May/June 2017

THE EVOLVING DEFINITION OF SEX(UAL ORIENTATION) UNDER TITLE VII - On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, making...more

Full Second Circuit to Revisit Its Position On Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class Under Title VII

by FordHarrison on

While the Seventh Circuit definitively has held that sexual orientation discrimination is discrimination “because of sex” and, therefore, a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (as reported by...more

Federal Judge Rules that Transgender Employee's ADA Claim May Proceed

by FordHarrison on

On May 18, 2017, in the first decision of its kind, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that transgender people are not categorically barred from protection by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they suffer...more

BREAKING: Full Second Circuit To Reconsider Whether Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Bias

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) agreed yesterday to rehear en banc an appeal from the estate of a gay skydiving instructor who alleged he was fired after a customer...more

Circuit Split: Expansion of Title VII Protections and Sexual Orientation as a Subset of a Protected Class

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Title VII has been supplemented via legislative action to also prohibit discrimination due to...more

New York District Court Holds That Title VII Protects Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by BakerHostetler on

Following the Supreme Court decision that same sex marriages are legal, there has been a movement to further expand rights and protections against sexual orientation bias. That trend is appearing in federal courts, where...more

Did You Know . . . Seventh Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Holding Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Nossaman LLP on

In a landmark decision, the Seventh Circuit recently held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of actionable sex discrimination under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unlike the...more

Seventh Circuit Breaks New Ground, Holding that Sexual Orientation is a Protected Characteristic Under Title VII of The Civil...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

As practically every American is aware, the last two decades have experienced a revolution regarding the legal treatment of sexual orientation, ultimately culminating in the United States Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Employers Must Be Alert to Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Murtha Cullina on

Many states, including New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, prohibit employment discrimination based upon an individual’s sexual orientation. Federal law (i.e., Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination because of an...more

Avoiding Illegal Termination of Employees in Nevada

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the many challenges for employers is that, occasionally, employees must be terminated. Unfortunately, sometimes those former employees claim to have been terminated illegally, giving rise to the risk of legal and...more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Seventh Circuit Becomes First Circuit Court to Extend Title VII Protection to Sexual Orientation Claims

by Baker Donelson on

On April 5, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (sitting en banc) became the first appeals court in the country to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Sexual Orientation Protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court in the United States to find that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Is Protected Under Title VII

With its recent en banc decision in Hively v. Indy Tech. Cmty. Coll. of Ind., 2017 WL 110393 (7th Cir. 2017), the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...more

Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Denies Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim, but Is This the Final Word?

If you have been keeping track of how the federal courts have handled employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and we know you have), you have probably noticed that many courts have...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination in Employment, Seventh Circuit Says

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The stage has been set for the Supreme Court to consider whether sexual orientation is protected sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Sitting en banc last week, the Seventh Circuit...more

A Recent Decision by the Seventh Circuit that an Employer’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII Bolsters...

by Sedgwick LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, held that an employer’s sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following in the footsteps of the Second Circuit, the...more

Seventh Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On Tuesday, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex discrimination also includes protections against employees being discriminated against...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Allowed Under Title VII

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

For more than 30 years, the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal have uniformly ruled that Title VII's prohibitions against discrimination based on "sex" do not cover claims for discrimination based on "sexual orientation." That...more

The Seventh Circuit’s Big Decision: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited By Title VII

by Williams Mullen on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), sitting en banc, handed down what is being called a monumental decision in the development of legal...more

Sexual Orientation Moves One Step Closer to Being a Protected Characteristic

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Federal law protects applicants and employees from negative treatment in connection with their employment, where that negative treatment is based on a protected characteristic. Traditionally, courts have interpreted the...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination: One Step Closer to Protection by Federal Law

On April 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) became the first federal appellate court to recognize sexual orientation as being protected by Title VII of the...more

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