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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Michigan Civil Rights Commission to Process Discrimination Complaints Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted to expand its interpretation of the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act ("ELCRA") to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At the...more

Harassment And Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact - BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes On Recent Regulations In Riverside...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Over the past couple of years, California has seen real changes to the regulations affecting employer obligations as to harassment, investigation policies, and transgender rights. Two of the most impactful are (1) the April...more

The Continuing “Trans-formation” of Title VII: Texas Federal Court Holds Transgender People Have Title VII Protection

A Texas district court recently held, for the first time in the Fifth Circuit, that transgender people are a protected class under Title VII—but the plaintiff still lost her case. In Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Company, the...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds That Title VII Bans Gender Identity Discrimination

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on March 7, 2018, that workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The language of...more

Employment Flash - April 2018

This edition of Employment Flash looks at recent court decisions, including the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on cases relating to the definition of a whistleblower and exemptions from the overtime pay provisions. This edition...more

Evergreen KIA to Pay $100,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Orientation and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Car Dealership Subjected Employee to Harassment for Being Gay and Having Crohn's Disease, Federal Agency Had Charged - CHICAGO - Chicago car dealership Evergreen Kia will pay $100,000 and provide other relief to settle a...more

Federal Court Rulings Growing in Favor of LGBT+ Employees

As members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT+) are increasingly open at work about their identities, circuit courts are recognizing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects them from...more

Utah 2018 Legislative Report: Employment Law Developments

by Payne & Fears on

The 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature saw significant developments in some areas of employment law, while in other areas Salt Lake City or other states implemented changes that may point to further action in future...more

Title VII In Transition? Texas Federal Court Rules That Anti-Discrimination Statute Protects Transgender Individuals

In a landmark ruling, a federal court judge in Texas issued an opinion holding—unequivocally—that Title VII protects transgender individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity. Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Company,...more

Sex + Discrimination = Liability, Says First Circuit

In Franchina v. City of Providence, 2018 WL 550511, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1919 (1st Cir., Jan. 25, 2018), the First Circuit offered no sympathy to the City in its appeal of a jury award that found the City’s fire department...more

Second Circuit Reverses Course and Rules That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided on February 26 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Zarda v....more

New Jersey Legislature Passes New Pay Equity Bill

The New Jersey state legislature has passed a new pay equity law which will, among other things, make it an unlawful employment practice to pay employees of any protected class under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination...more

Sixth Circuit Extends Title VII Protection to Gender Identity Discrimination, Joining Second and Seventh Circuits

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last month, with its decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018) the Sixth Circuit broadened Title VII protection to include protection for individuals who are transgender or...more

Two Guys Walk into a Wine Bar… Not a Joke as Another Court Recognizes Claim for Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation

I have told clients for years that they ignore claims based on sexual orientation at their peril, and another court is backing me up. An Arizona federal district court just ordered a wine bar to pay real money ($100,000) to...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Rejects Governor’s Appeal of LGBT Executive Order Ruling

On March 23, 2018, in a 4–3 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court refused to consider Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’s appeal of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal’s November 1, 2017, decision holding that...more

Department of Health and Human Services Proposes New Rule For Healthcare Workers In The Name of Religious Freedom

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Healthcare employers take note: the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has issued a proposed rule that, if passed, will allow healthcare workers who object to performing certain medical procedures like abortions...more

New Jersey to Pass Broadest Pay Equity Law in the US

by FordHarrison on

On March 26, 2018, the New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly passed amendments to the state discrimination law, including additional pay equity protections. ...more

[Podcast]: Recent Developments in Title VII

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, senior counsel Harris Mufson and associate Laura Fant discuss the latest developments in Title VII. We will discuss the two recent circuit court decisions concerning the scope of sex...more

Sixth Circuit Confirms Title VII Protection for Transgender Status and Rejects Religious Belief Defense

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Earlier this month, we discussed the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision concluding that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Days later, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering...more

Transgender, Transitioning, and Title VII: Sixth Circuit Provides Protected Status

Does discrimination based on gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s protection against discrimination “because of sex”? Adopting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC)...more

Transgender Rights Trump Religious Rights in Sixth Circuit Case

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Title VII’s protections against sex discrimination extend to transgender workers, even in the face of a challenge based on the employer’s religious rights, a federal appellate court has held....more

Oklahoma transgender employee seeks reinstatement

by McAfee & Taft on

In November we alerted employers that an Oklahoma City federal court jury awarded Rachel Tudor, a transgender employee, $1.165 million in her discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment lawsuit against...more

Two Federal Courts Of Appeal Find That Title VII Prohibits Workplace Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation And...

by Butler Snow LLP on

Back in April 2017, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (governing Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) made big news when it determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents employers from discriminating...more

Second Circuit Upholds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Under Title VII, Primes Debate for Supreme Court

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rendered an en banc decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express that significantly expands employees’ rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ten judges...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Transgender Status Is Protected by Title VII and Rejects Religious Freedom Restoration Act Defense

by FordHarrison on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest to weigh in on the heated debate as to whether sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status and/or gender expression are protected classes under Title VII of the...more

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