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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

In a ruling today, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging whether Title VII protects employees from sexual orientation discrimination. The case involved a woman from Georgia who alleged that she was harassed and...more

SCOTUS declines to determine whether Title VII covers sexual orientation

by McAfee & Taft on

In a bit of a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court today passed on an opportunity to provide some long-awaited clarity on the interplay between sexual orientation and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Evans v....more

California's New Anti-Harassment Training Requirement (SB 396). Are You Ready?

On October 15, 2017, California passed Senate Bill (SB) 396, a new law that requires employers to train supervisors on how to identify and prevent harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation....more

Louisiana Governor Appeals LGBT Executive Order Ruling to State Supreme Court

On December 1, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) appealed a state appellate court decision holding that Executive Order JBE 2016 – 11, which seeks to protect the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Key Case On LGBT Rights And Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Oral argument suggests the Supreme Court is narrowly divided on how to reconcile non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals with claims for religious liberty, with Justice Kennedy appearing likely...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

EEOC Earns First-Ever Title VII Court Win In LGBT Discrimination Case - 3 Things Employers Need To Know About Landmark LGBT Ruling

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal watchdog agency that oversees federal antidiscrimination law just scored a milestone victory when a judge awarded $55,500 to a telemarketer who alleged to have been forced off the job because of sexual orientation...more

D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban

by FordHarrison on

As previously reported by these authors, on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in the military. President Trump issued an official memorandum...more

California: The Transgender Work Opportunity Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 396, the Transgender Work Opportunity Act. Under the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, starting on January 1, 2018, all California employers with 50 or more...more

TITLE VII: Court Breaks from Department of Justice on Transgender Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case following the Department of Justice’s pronouncement that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons on the basis of gender identity, a court in the Western...more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Keep Their Focus on Equal Pay Measures

by Littler on

As the holiday season approaches, legislative activity at the state level is starting to slow down. The California General Assembly closed out its term, for example, giving employers a breather until January. Illinois’...more

Court Affirms that Missouri Human Rights Act Prohibits Sex Stereotypes in the Workplace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 24, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri issued an opinion affirming that sex stereotyping is a form of gender discrimination that is actionable under the Missouri Human Rights Act...more

Episode 25: EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum Part II: Other Emerging EEOC Trends + Takeaways

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Matt Steinberg welcomes EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum for the second half of their wide-ranging conversation where Matt and Commissioner Feldblum discuss federal protection of employment-related LGBT rights, how the DOJ’s...more

Missouri Appellate Court’s Holding That Sex Discrimination May Be Based on Sex Stereotyping Offers Some Protections for LGBT...

by Littler on

In Lampley, et al. v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Court of Appeals held that sex stereotyping can form the basis of a sex discrimination claim when the complaining party is gay, but should not be...more

Transgender Men and Women in the U.S. Military: The Effect of the Presidential Memorandum

by Bowditch & Dewey on

What exactly is the effect of the Presidential Memorandum? Let’s take this step-by-step - To which military services does it apply?...more

LGBT Discrimination Under Pennsylvania and Federal Law

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf called on the state legislature to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which has stalled since being introduced in both chambers in May. The proposed bill would amend the Pennsylvania...more

U.S. Department of Justice Rescinds Policy Protecting Transgender Employees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, the United States Department of Justice, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, issued a memorandum rescinding an Obama-era policy protecting transgender employees from employment discrimination pursuant...more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

Ongoing Debate Over Scope Of Workplace Bias Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an agency memorandum stating that the language contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “does not prohibit discrimination based...more

ACA Transgender Accommodation Mandate?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Readers will recall our surprise that so much of the rule-making under ACA § 1557 addressed transgender issues. We now have decisions from two federal district courts taking polar opposite positions on whether § 1557...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

Gender Identity Discrimination – Prohibited or Not?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Still confused as to where the Trump administration stands on whether Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender identity? Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement should clarify that for you. So what’s an...more

Is Gender Identity a Protected Class?

by LeClairRyan on

The Obama era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) would have said, “YES.” Recently, the Trump Administration’s DOJ answered that question with a “NO,” reversing the federal...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

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