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2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: First Round Results and Recaps

This past weekend, while college basketball teams across America finished up their conference tournaments, 64 employment law issues played in the first round of our tournament, and boy did it live up to the hype. Filled with...more

Wilting Under A White-Hot Spotlight, Saks Settles Transgender Case

Saks Fifth Avenue has settled a transgender discrimination case in Texas that garnered the company much unwanted attention. ...more

Transgender Discrimination and the Equal Opportunity Workplace

Although most companies have workplace policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on an employee’s sex, race and religion, many companies have not yet added gender identity to the list of protected categories....more

Are Transgender Individuals Protected Under Title VII’s Ban on Sex Discrimination?

Leyth Jamal, a former employee of the upscale retailer Saks, claims that she was discriminated against because of her transgender status. Jamal v. Saks & Company has sparked a heated debate over whether transgender...more

Avoid Being the Test Case for Gender Identity Discrimination

A former sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Houston, Texas store recently filed suit in federal court claiming discrimination based on her gender identity. Leyth Jamal is a transgender individual who identifies as a...more

DOJ Announces Transgender Discrimination Prohibited under Title VII

According to a memo released by Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will now interpret federal law — specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — to prohibit workplace harassment and...more

Department of Justice To Assert Title VII Protects Transgender Status

In a memorandum dated December 15, 2014, the United States Attorney General has changed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) position with respect to the protection of transgender status under Title VII. ...more

Can Saks Fifth Avenue Legally Discriminate Against Transgender Employees?

Saks Fifth Avenue’s latest fashion trend is receiving mixed reviews from critics across the nation. According to a discrimination and retaliation complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of...more

EEOC Files Landmark Suits Challenging Transgender Discrimination Under Title VII

For years, it has been widely understood that federal law prohibits employers from making decisions on the basis of certain protected characteristics, such as race, religion, or sex. Historically, the inclusion of “sex” in...more

Department of Justice Switches Sides: Title VII Now Prohibits Transgender Discrimination

On December 18, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder, in an unanticipated move, revised the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. (“Title VII”),...more

If You Haven’t Already, It’s Time to Add Sexual Orientation and Trans-Gender to Your Discrimination Policy

On its face, federal law does not list sexual orientation or trans-gender status as protected categories. Some states or cities have passed their own laws offering such protections, leaving a patchwork of laws across the...more

DOJ Says Gender Identity Discrimination Violates Title VII

Over the past several months, EmployNews reported a growing trend of claims alleging that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgendered status violates Title VII if the alleged conduct involves gender...more

Transgender Student Restroom Assignment Revisited

You may recall my colleague Zachary Schurin’s recent discussion of Doe V. Regional School Unit 26. In that matter, the Maine Supreme Court determined that the defendant school district’s requirement that a transgender...more

DOJ Says Title VII's Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Gender Identity

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) now takes the position that Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination includes discrimination based on gender identity, including...more

2014 EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency has initiated historic litigation, issued significant new guidance and signaled increased scrutiny of background checks and...more

Hospitals and Health Insurers Prodded on Same-Sex and Transgender Issues

In separate actions yesterday, CMS and the New York State insurance regulatory authority took steps to (a) assure equal treatment of same-sex spouses by hospitals and (b) insurance coverage of medically necessary transgender...more

Transgender Employees: The New Protected Category?

By now, most employers are familiar with the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: race, color, religion, national origin and sex. Additional categories are...more

Federal Government Discriminates Against Transgender Employee

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently announced that a federal government agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against an employee who transitioned from male to female in 2010....more

Lawsuits Are On The Rise. Are You Covered?

On September 25, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed the first two suits in its history challenging transgender discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As discrimination litigation...more

EEOC Files Two Ground-Breaking Cases Equating Transgender Discrimination with Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On September 25, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed two lawsuits on behalf of transgender individuals. These lawsuits, which alleged sex discrimination, are part of the EEOC’s Strategic...more

Clery Act Changes Published; OCR Resolves Transgender Complaint

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published in the Federal Register the final rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). In another recent...more

Proposed Transgender Student-Athlete Policy Sparks Public Controversy in Minnesota

It looks like transgender students in Minnesota will have to wait a few more months to receive clarity on whether they can participate in school athletics and play on sports teams based on their preferred gender identity...more

Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

EEOC’s Transgender Claims Gain Momentum

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made history recently by filing its first lawsuits alleging sex discrimination against transgender individuals. The EEOC says Michigan-based RG & GR Harris Funeral...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC...more

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