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Title VII Employer Liability Issues

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -

Employer’s Refusal To Allow Rescission of an Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under...

In Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, (No. B275225, filed 4/19/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held absent evidence an employee’s resignation was coerced, an...more

American Dental Association to Pay $1.95 Million to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Federal Agency Found Reasonable Cause to Believe Two Association Execs Were Discharged in Retaliation for Voicing Concerns About Potential Discrimination - CHICAGO - The American Dental Association, which is...more

Legislation Limiting an Employer’s Ability to Inquire About and Consider Applicants’ Prior Salary History Gains Momentum

We had such a spirited panel discussion on pay equity at our Third Annual Employment Law Summit recently that we wanted to follow up with a post addressing the current state of play on pay equity legislation, particularly...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Sexual Orientation Protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court in the United States to find that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

EEOC Sues SLS Hotel in Miami Beach For Discriminatory Firing Of Black Haitian Kitchen Workers

Terminations Were Based on Race, Color and National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - The SLS Hotel in Miami Beach's South Beach violated federal law by firing black Haitian dishwashers because of their race,...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Is Protected Under Title VII

With its recent en banc decision in Hively v. Indy Tech. Cmty. Coll. of Ind., 2017 WL 110393 (7th Cir. 2017), the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...more

Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Denies Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim, but Is This the Final Word?

If you have been keeping track of how the federal courts have handled employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and we know you have), you have probably noticed that many courts have...more

Summing Up: Equal Pay

by Zelle LLP on

Last week’s observance of Equal Pay Day - and a review of the commentary it generated - has reminded us that gender-based pay disparity is a complicated topic, worthy of employers’ attention but difficult to put in...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination in Employment, Seventh Circuit Says

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The stage has been set for the Supreme Court to consider whether sexual orientation is protected sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Sitting en banc last week, the Seventh Circuit...more

A Recent Decision by the Seventh Circuit that an Employer’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII Bolsters...

by Sedgwick LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, held that an employer’s sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following in the footsteps of the Second Circuit, the...more

Seventh Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On Tuesday, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex discrimination also includes protections against employees being discriminated against...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Allowed Under Title VII

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

For more than 30 years, the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal have uniformly ruled that Title VII's prohibitions against discrimination based on "sex" do not cover claims for discrimination based on "sexual orientation." That...more

The Seventh Circuit’s Big Decision: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited By Title VII

by Williams Mullen on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), sitting en banc, handed down what is being called a monumental decision in the development of legal...more

Sexual Orientation Moves One Step Closer to Being a Protected Characteristic

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Federal law protects applicants and employees from negative treatment in connection with their employment, where that negative treatment is based on a protected characteristic. Traditionally, courts have interpreted the...more

Applicant Who Failed Pre-Employment Drug Test Could Not Show That Public Employer Violated Her Due Process Rights or Title VII

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal district court recently dismissed a lawsuit in which a job applicant challenged a public employer’s decision to withdraw an offer of employment after the individual tested positive for cocaine on a pre-employment...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination: One Step Closer to Protection by Federal Law

On April 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) became the first federal appellate court to recognize sexual orientation as being protected by Title VII of the...more

7th Circuit’s Landmark Decision Holds Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued a decision with employment law implications. In an en banc decision, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the court held that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...more

New EEOC Proposed Guidelines May Signal What is to Come in the Area of Sex-Based Workplace Discrimination

by Baker Donelson on

A few weeks ago, the public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed guidance on unlawful workplace harassment closed, drawing mixed responses from commentators. The purpose of the...more

Second, Eleventh and Seventh Circuits Disagree Whether Title VII Extends to Claims of Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 27 the Second Circuit held that Title VII does not provide protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. In Christiansen v. Omnicom Group Inc., the plaintiff alleged that his employer...more

Breaking New Ground: Seventh Circuit Rules that Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation

Workplace rights for LGBT individuals has been a rapidly developing area of the law. A little over two years ago, former President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules That Title VII Protects Employees From Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Baker Donelson on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits covered employers from discriminating against an employee because of her race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Until this month, no federal court of appeals had...more

7th Circuit Becomes First Appellate Court To Extend Title VII Protection To Sexual Orientation

by Miller Canfield on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a landmark opinion becoming the first appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

Seventh Circuit Extends Title VII Protections to Sexual Orientation

by Morgan Lewis on

The first-of-its-kind decision leads to a split in authority between federal circuits on discrimination and harassment claims on the basis of sexual orientation....more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to conclude that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is sex discrimination and violates Title VII of the Civil...more

Seventh Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Holding that Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, held that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

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