Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...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

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...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

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

Virginia Governor Issues Executive Order to Combat Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Among State Contractors

Virginia law does not currently prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, as Governor Terry McAuliffe stated in a news release on January 5, 2017, “Starting today, the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #2

Last week, the Department of Justice issued a release describing efforts to increase diversity in law enforcement. The release states that “Underlying this work is a recognition that while greater workforce diversity alone...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

New California Laws and Cases that May Impact Your Business

This alert covers selected new California laws that may affect your company’s business operations in California, and recent published case opinions that may impact your company if it does business or is involved in litigation...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

North Dakota Employer Harassed Worker Because of His Sexual Orientation, EEOC Charges

Male Employee Was Subjected to a Hostile Work Environment Because of His Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has...more

Wheeling, West Virginia, Ordinance Protects LGBTQ Residents

Wheeling has become West Virginia’s eleventh city to pass a sexual orientation and gender identity anti-discrimination ordinance protecting the housing and employment rights of LGBTQ residents. The ordinance also protects...more

Capital Restaurant Concepts, Ltd., d/b/a Paolo’s GT-LLC Sued By EEOC For Sex Discrimination

Agency Alleges That Teenage Employee Was Harassed Because Of His Sexual Orientation - Washington- Capital Restaurant Concepts, Ltd., d/b/a Paolo's GT-LLC, a District of Columbia corporation, violated federal law by...more

Connecticut Federal Court Expands Title VII Protections to Sexual Orientation

In Boutillier v. Hartford Public Schools, No. 3:13-CV-01303-WWE (November 17, 2016), a Connecticut district court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s sexual...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

Current Title VII May Soon Protect Sexual Orientation

The familiar language of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination because of a person's "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." As many courts and commentators have pointed out,...more

Seventh Circuit Could Up-End Approach to Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On November 30, 2016, all of the judges of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) reheard a case that could change the way federal courts treat sexual orientation-based discrimination...more

Courts Say Title VII Forbids Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Seyfarth Synopsis: Increasingly, courts have held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity violates Title VII. Federal district courts in Nevada and Pennsylvania have recently joined their...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2016

Last week was a big one for wage and hour law. The Department of Labor filed a notice of its intent to appeal the injunction stopping enforcement of its new FLSA overtime rule and asked the Fifth Circuit to expedite the...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

"Gay cake" appeal decided

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal against a finding that their refusal to make a “gay cake” was discriminatory....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

Employment Law - November 2016 #2

AARP Challenges EEOC’s Wellness Program Regulations - Why it matters - The AARP filed suit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in D.C. federal court, requesting an injunction to halt the...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

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