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Transgender Discrimination

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

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

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

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

IXL Learning Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

Employee Fired for Posting About Discrimination on Glassdoor.com, Federal Agency Charges - SAN FRANCISCO - Educational technology company IXL Learning Inc. violated federal law when it retaliated against an employee for...more

Special Education Tip - There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel - 43-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel and It Ain’t No Train - Some good news. The NSBA Council of School Attorneys (“COSA”) met last week in Denver, Colorado. One of the speakers was former COSA Chair Tom Wheeler,...more

North Carolina Enacts Law Repealing "Bathroom" Bill But Limiting Local Anti-Discrimination Laws

by Littler on

Last week, North Carolina lawmakers repealed the state’s controversial House Bill 2 (“HB 2”), which had required individuals to use the public bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate, along with...more

Second and Eleventh Circuits Rule They are Bound by Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation...

by FordHarrison on

As these authors have previously reported, several cases analyzing whether sexual orientation is protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been winding their way through the courts. ...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is the first federal appellate court in the country to rule that Title VII already protects employees from discrimination because of sexual orientation. In every other case that has...more

Texas' Pending LGBT-Related Legislation: What it Means for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Issues pertaining to LGBT rights have been a focal point of public debate and discourse for several years, but since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, these issues increasingly have also been the...more

Dressing for Work in California this Summer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With summer months almost upon us, here are some dress code tips and tricks for employers to ensure both employee compliance with relaxed summer dress codes and increased employee motivation and morale. We...more

Dear Littler: How Should I Handle Customer Concerns about a Transgender Employee?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: We have a transgender employee at work, Sarah, who identifies and presents as a female. She is in the process of transitioning and still occasionally exhibits traditionally “male” physical attributes. A client...more

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

by FordHarrison on

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

SCOTUS, New Dear Colleague Letter Muddle Transgender Issues Under Title IX

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students to use...more

Despite New Administration, EEOC Maintains Position that Title VII Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: To the surprise of many, the EEOC is not retreating from the argument first made by the Obama administration that Title VII forbids employment discrimination based on gender identity. In EEOC v. R.G....more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

Federal Government Reverses Position on Transgender Students’ Use of School Facilities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Education Alert February 27, 2017 On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice withdrew two guidance letters from January 2015 and May 2016 that explained the former administration’s...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

by Littler on

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

With Supreme Court Review Looming, Feds Issue Immediate Withdrawal of Previous Title IX Guidance

by Barley Snyder on

Following the recent confirmations of Secretary of Education Elizabeth Devos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new Trump administration has moved quickly to withdraw prior guidance concerning discrimination of...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week’s news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Withdraw Guidance on Transgender Students

by Hogan Lovells on

On February 22, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (“ED” and “DOJ,” respectively, and collectively, the “Departments”) issued a two-page Dear Colleague Letter to “withdraw and rescind” policy and guidance reflected...more

Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance While Considering Legal Issues

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) jointly issued a statement rescinding the guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX issued to school districts nationwide in May. The prior...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

by FordHarrison on

There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

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