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Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Bars Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Creating Circuit Split and Setting Stage for Likely...

In a landmark en banc decision rejecting its earlier panel ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

The 7th Circuit's Landmark Anti-Gay Discrimination Ruling

by Payne & Fears on

On April 4, 2017, an en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal Court of Appeals to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on...more

Circuit Split on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil...more

Can Employers Discriminate Against Employees Based on Sexual Orientation? No, According to this Key Court

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Federal law—specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on a number of protected characteristics, including sex, race, national origin, and...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected Class

In a significant decision that expands the rights of employees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on April 4, 2017 that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination...more

Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Court of Appeals to Hold That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited Under Title...

In an 8-3 en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit has held that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII. In so holding, the...more

Landmark Appeals Court Ruling Extends Title VII Protections To LGBT Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Groundbreaking Decision Could Lead Other Federal Courts To Follow Suit - This week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal court of appeals in the nation to rule that sexual orientation claims are...more

EEOC Orientation-Bias Guidance Stirs Controversy among Commentators

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed workplace harassment guidance closed last week. The EEOC’s broad definition of sexual orientation bias drew attention from...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

March A-Wear-Ness: Uniforms, Dress Codes, and Employee Choice

The basketball court isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting uniforms this month. Many employers choose to implement and enforce their own uniform requirements and dress codes at work. But if done incorrectly, uniforms...more

Gender Identity Bathroom Access – From Schools To The Workplace

As readers of our Education Law Notes blog are well aware, there has been a lot of focus on the rights of transgender students with respect to bathroom access in educational institutions under Title IX. The rights of...more

Uncertainty Surrounding Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Steps Employers Should Take

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

In the current legal landscape, the scope of laws prohibiting sex discrimination remains uncertain, especially because the Supreme Court has yet to take up the issue as it relates to LGBT rights. Most recently, the high...more

Shifting sands: the changing landscape of transgender discrimination

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Laws related to transgender discrimination are in a state of rapid flux. In the past couple of years, courts’ views on the law, particularly federal ones, have swung back and forth like a pendulum. Indeed, the interpretation...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

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Lends Further Confusion to Title VII Protections

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In a rather disconnected decision on March 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled, in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, that while Title VII bars an employer from discriminating...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

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

Trump Administration’s Position on Transgender Rights Not Likely To Impact Employers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

President Trump’s administration rescinded the Obama administration’s directive that allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity and also declared that discrimination against...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the administration rescinded Obama-era federal guidelines interpreting federal anti-discrimination laws to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity....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

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s...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 Justice and Education Withdraw Federal Transgender Student Guidance

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education withdrew guidance for educational institutions, issued in 2015 and 2016, that took the position that the prohibitions in Title IX of the Education Amendments...more

Of Public Schools and Private Employers: Trump Reverses Direction on Male, Female and Gender Neutral Restrooms

Employers are caught, once again, between agency pronouncements and White House actions. While President Trump commented on the campaign trail that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” he...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

by FordHarrison on

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

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