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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

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

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The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students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

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

With Supreme Court Review Looming, Feds Issue Immediate Withdrawal of Previous Title IX Guidance

Following the recent confirmations of Secretary of Education Elizabeth Devos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new Trump administration has moved quickly to withdraw prior guidance concerning discrimination of...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

Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance While Considering Legal Issues

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) jointly issued a statement rescinding the guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX issued to school districts nationwide in May. The prior...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

Trump DOJ Drops Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Fight

Last week, the Justice Department withdrew the pending legal challenge that had sought to reverse the federal court decision blocking the implementation of the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy for public...more

U.S. Supreme Court to consider transgender restroom lawsuit

Society’s view of gender has evolved significantly since then. The rigid dichotomy of a two-gender world view is frequently challenged and, in some cases, rejected outright. As society’s views on gender morph, the law is...more

Trump Administration Will Retain LGBT Protections for Government Contractor Employees

Although the first eleven days of the Trump Administration have been full of activity and controversy, federal government contractors have been waiting to see if President Trump will undo or modify the compliance obligations...more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and...

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in...more

Practical Considerations for Restroom Accommodations in the Retail and Hospitality Industry

The increased focus on LGBT issues and rights has spawned a number of public debates in the United States. Indeed, in recent months, lawmakers, educators, activists and business owners have entered into a heated public debate...more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation....more

[Webinar] Bathroom Break – Employee Access to Bathrooms, ADA Accessibility and Transgender Bathrooms - Dec. 13th, 1:00pm EST

Although not typically thought of as a hotbed of OSHA/Employment law activity, access to bathrooms by both employees, as well as members of the public, has become a high profile issue of late. OSHA has always required...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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Transgender Bathroom Case

Questions regarding bathroom access for transgender individuals have been among the most prevalent in American society in the last year. We have written about this topic on several occasions recently due to activity in...more

Illinois Court Finds In Favor of School District in Dispute Over District’s Decision to Allow Bathroom and Locker Room Access for...

In an opinion issued yesterday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert decided that Township High School District 211 “balanced the interests of all its students when it decided to permit transgender students to...more

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