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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

New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

by Fisher Phillips on

Under legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are required to display a workplace poster related to transgender rights. The legislation, Senate Bill 396,...more

Short-Term Disability Denial for Gender Reassignment

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Baker v. Aetna, (U.S. Northern District Court of Texas, 2017), Charlize Marie Baker filed claims against her employer and Aetna after having been denied benefits under the health plan and the short-term disability plan for...more

A Nationwide Standstill: Extending the Definition of Sex Discrimination to Include Gender Identity

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On December 31, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation or enforcement of Section 1557’s provision extending the definition of sex...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

Proposed PHRC Guidance Would Protect LGBTQ Employees In Pennsylvania

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”), which enforces Pennsylvania’s state law prohibiting discrimination, has made a bit of splash in 2017. How, you ask? Well – that requires a bit of explanation. One of...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

by Akerman LLP on

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

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

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

Attorney General Reverses DOJ Policy On Protection Of Transgender Employees Under Title VII

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On October 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys announcing a new Department of Justice policy that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect employees from...more

Feds Say Title VII Doesn't Cover Transgender Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally reversed the federal government’s position on whether transgender workers are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, informing all U.S. Attorneys and heads of all federal...more

What Does Attorney General’s Memo on Transgender Rights Mean for Employers?

LGBTQ workplace rights is perhaps the most rapidly evolving area in employment law. On October 4, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally weighed in on the topic. He issued a memorandum to all federal...more

Upcoming SCOTUS Term Promises To Be A Blockbuster

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are the kind of person who gets excited by hot-button legal topics and monumental court decisions, this is the Supreme Court term for you. The SCOTUS kicked off their 2017-2018 term several days ago by hearing...more

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