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No Surprise: EEOC files two sexual orientation lawsuits

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed two lawsuits charging employers with discriminating against employees based upon their sexual orientation. In a Pennsylvania federal court, the EEOC claimed Scott...more

EEOC Files First Two Lawsuits in Federal Court Alleging Sexual Orientation Bias under Title VII

Two lawsuits filed by the EEOC on March 1, 2016, appear to be part of the Commission’s Strategic Enforcement Plan. Priorities of the plan include “Addressing Emerging and Developing Issues” such as “coverage of lesbian, gay,...more

The EEOC Files Historic Lawsuits Testing Theory That Title VII Covers Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

As we’ve been reporting in our blogs, the EEOC continues to pursue an expansive theory of discrimination. It has taken the position that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited...more

EEOC Files First Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination As Gender Bias

On March 1, the EEOC filed its first two lawsuits alleging that discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII as a form of sex discrimination. Those two cases, against Scott Medical Health Center on behalf of...more

EEOC Files Its First Lawsuits Alleging Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made it official—it will file lawsuits under Title VII based on sexual orientation discrimination. On March 1, 2016 the EEOC filed two federal lawsuits alleging that...more

EEOC Files First Suits Against Businesses Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Previously, federal courts, for the most part, held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion and sex, does not provide a basis for...more

EEOC Files Two Lawsuits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

On March 1st, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it had filed two separate lawsuits alleging employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. For the first time in its own lawsuit, the...more

Groundbreaking Discrimination Lawsuits

The EEOC filed two lawsuits today alleging – for the first time – that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII. As you know, sexual orientation is not expressly protected under Title VII, so these...more

EEOC Files First Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

In Two Separate Lawsuits, Federal Agency Charges That a Gay Male Employee and a Lesbian Employee Were Subjected to Hostile Work Environments Because of Sex - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

When Will We Know If Title VII Applies To Cases of Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

A Judge in the Northern District of Illinois has found that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do not extend to cases of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling is in...more

New York Regulations Governing Gender Identity Discrimination Take Effect

As we recently reported, in October 2015, Governor Cuomo introduced regulations under the New York Human Rights Law banning discrimination and harassment against transgender individuals. Following a 45-day comment period,...more

EEOC Pushes to Expand Title VII’s Reach to Sexual Orientation Claims

When you’ve been blogging as long as Jon Hyman (of Ohio Employer’s Law Blog) and I have, your minds seem to work in a similar fashion. For a few days, I’ve been working on a draft of a blog post about the EEOC’s goal of...more

Looking Back, Looking Forward Part 2

Last week, we looked back at 2015 changes to FLSA and NLRB guidance on employee handbooks. This week, we’re taking a look at discrimination and leave laws....more

How New Discrimination Ordinances in Anchorage and Bethel May Affect Your Business

Anchorage became the first Alaska town to pass a civil rights ordinance that extends protections to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people in housing, employment and public accommodations. The new ordinance, passed in...more

CFPB raising LGBT issues with supervised entities

We recently blogged about remarks made by Patrice Ficklin, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending, at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Institute. In her remarks, she stated that the CFPB is...more

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

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

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

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

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

EEOC Issues Ruling on Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its ruling in Complainant v. Foxx finding that all types of discrimination based on sexual orientation are forms of sex discrimination...more

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