Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Seventh Circuit Asked To Recognize That Protections Of Title VII Cover Gays and Lesbians

Are Federal Courts ready to recognize that Title VII’s anti-discrimination prohibition extends to claims of sexual orientation? This question will be decided when the Seventh Circuit issues a ruling in Kimberly Hively v....more

Fair Lending Director Ficklin Discusses Small Business Lending, LGBT issues, LEP consumers and Inclusive Communities at ABA...

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of teaching a class on payments and banking products to new lawyers at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Institute. I arrived early for the class and got to hear a...more

Business without bias: Avoid LGBT discrimination or pay the price

It’s apparent that societal attitudes are changing toward the LGBT community. Before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, many states had already done so. In other areas, however, the legal status of...more

New HHS Rules Will Provide Greater Protections Against Gender Identity Discrimination

The Obama administration continues to use its executive authority to expand societal inclusion of transgender individuals. On September 3, the Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed rules under Section 1557...more

Religious Institutions: September 2015

Respondeat superior (literally, "let the master answer" in Latin) is a doctrine that applies when an employer or principal has the ability and authority to direct and control the pertinent acts of the employee. Put otherwise,...more

Lessons Employers Can Learn from Kentucky Clerk’s Same-Sex Marriage License Dispute

Almost every day the news carries an additional story about Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kim Davis story may be...more

Your Legal Rights as a US Immigrant

As an immigrant to the United States, some of the rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as other laws, apply to you. Which ones will depend on the nature of your status in the United States....more

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities: Proposed Rules from HHS

...So, why did HHS need over five years to propose the set of rules published September 8? Here are a few highlights. For brevity’s sake, we omit foreign language service requirements, disability accommodation, compliance...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #2

Colorado’s uninsured rate is down 9 percentage points in four years; Michigan requests increased cost-sharing for its Medicaid expansion population above the federal poverty line; and, HHS’s proposed guidance strengthens...more

EEOC Ruling on Sexual Orientation Impacts Same-Sex Spouse and Domestic Partner Benefits

In our July 2, 2015 blog, Obergefell v. Hodges – Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States, we indicated that employers may need to offer same-sex spouse health and welfare benefits and rethink domestic partner benefits in...more

President Obama to Issue Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

We recently learned that President Obama plans to issue an Executive Order mandating paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. This comes as no surprise as the President has utilized his power...more

EEOC: Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down restrictions on marriage by same-sex couples, but it did not address other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, such as in employment....more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #4

We’ve been talking potential bias in big data for some time now, and last week’s news was full of concerns about just that. The New York Times Upshot Blog interviewed a Microsoft computer scientist on the subject; NBC News...more

Two Months after Same-Sex Marriages Held Constitutional, Where are the Courts Headed on the Unanswered Questions?

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No. 14-556, holding that state bans of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Specifically, the...more

Colorado Rules Baker Cannot Refuse Service to Same-Sex Couples for Religious Reasons

In a post last week, I discussed how some believe Tennessee’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) could allow Tennessee businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples despite a recent ruling that...more

Recent Ruling in LGBT Case Another Reminder That Religion Cannot Justify Discrimination

We predicted in blog posts on July 24th and July 7th that we would be seeing more in the way of LGBT litigation. I also recommended that managers be given extra training or reminders that in states where LGBT discrimination...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

EEOC Confirms that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination

On July 15, 2015, the EEOC issued an official decision that sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination under Title VII. The EEOC explained that “sexual orientation is inherently a ‘sex-based consideration,’ and...more

Impact of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that states may not deny same-sex couples the right to marry, finding that doing so violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Writing for the five-justice majority, Justice Kennedy...more

Is Mandatory Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon for Federal Contractors?

The next big change for federal contractors may be a requirement that they provide paid sick leave to employees. According to the New York Times, President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal...more

Wal-Mart Accused of Gender-Discrimination Because of Anti-Gay Insurance Policies

In Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart is facing the possibility of a class action suit from a former employee who claims that the company’s denial of healthcare benefits to her same-sex spouse amounts to sex discrimination....more

Not-So-Sudden Impact: Insurers Face A New Breed Of Claim Under the Fair Housing Act (Part 1 of 3)

Late in June, in Texas Dept. of Housing v. Inclusive Communities, No. 13–1371 (U.S. June 25, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court ended years of debate by embracing a “disparate impact” claim against a housing authority under the...more

EEOC Issues Overview on LGBT Rights Under Title VII

As reported in EmployNews, over the past year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively shifted its position on the extent of coverage of LGBT workers under Title VII. In federal employee cases where the...more

According to the EEOC, Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited By Title VII

There are many protected categories under the federal employment discrimination laws, but none of those laws mentions “sexual orientation” as a protected category. Versions of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”),...more

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

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