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What to Do with the Federal Government's Internally Inconsistent Interpretations of Title VII

Less than two and a half years ago, the federal government and courts generally agreed that Title VII did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But that consensus is no longer; within the last six...more

DOJ amicus brief in employment discrimination case undermines CFPB position on ECOA protection for sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that presents the question of whether the prohibition on employment discrimination on the basis of...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Is Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII? The DOJ Weighs In

by Littler on

Last week, on Wednesday July 26, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in a Second Circuit case taking the position that Title VII does not protect employees against sexual orientation...more

New California Transgender Regulations: Employer Do's & Don'ts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California continues to forge a trail for gender identity protections in the United States. On July 1, 2017, the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted new regulations addressing transgender issues that broaden the scope...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws - New California Laws Took Effect July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California is continuing to be a leader on emerging civil rights issues. Back in 2004, California enacted laws to protect transgender workers. Transgender issues have become a front-burner topic.   On the national scene,...more

Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

by FordHarrison on

On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not...more

No Summer Break for Employers: New Duties Start July 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to relax for the summer, California is giving employers four new reasons to keep on their toes. Laws going into effect on July 1, 2017, will address (1) domestic violence,...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Title VII - The Seventh Circuit Weighs In

In July 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published a guidance titled What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers, which took the position that employment...more

EEOC Sues Apple Metro Restaurant Chain for Sex Discrimination & Retaliation

Employee Was Harassed at Hawthorne Applebee's Because of Her Gender Identity And Fired for Objecting, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Apple Metro, Inc., which operates several dozen Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Changing Face Of Discrimination

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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

Second Circuit Orders En Banc Review of Panel Holding that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

We previously discussed the conflict between a Second Circuit panel’s holding in April that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and the Seventh Circuit’s...more

New Federal Court Interpretation for Transgender Protections

by Barley Snyder on

In a decision that could have significant implications in the ongoing tug-of-war in the scope of protection afforded transgender individuals under federal law, a holding this week from a federal appeals court applied a novel...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

Transgender Employees May Be Entitled To Protection From Discrimination Under The ADA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Of late, we have recently written quite a bit about the ever-changing legal landscape regarding protections for LGBTQ employees. Most of the authority we explored involved whether or not sexual orientation (as well as gender...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

Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

by Kirton McConkie PC on

DISCRIMINATION - Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and fed­eral laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimi­nation against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability,...more

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation -- The Wave Grows

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Back in March we explored the question, “So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected Under Federal Employment Law or Not?” In that article, which unpacked a recent federal court decision on LGBTQ workplace protections, we concluded that...more

Full Second Circuit Asked to Revisit Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Protect Sexual Orientation

by FordHarrison on

On April 3, 2017, in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., the Second Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent in ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit sexual orientation...more

Best Practices Concerning The Fair Housing Act and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month we noted that a federal court in Colorado ruled that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation (although sexual orientation is not contained in the text of the...more

"Common Sense Reality": Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII

by FordHarrison on

In a landmark decision overruling decades of precedent, the Seventh Circuit en banc declared that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. This comes as the first decision...more

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