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Does Title VII Prohibit Employment Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Persons? Jeff Sessions Says No, but the Supreme...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On October 4th, in a memo to all U.S. Attorneys and heads and federal agencies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as a matter of law, does not prohibit employment...more

Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first eight months of the new administration signals a retrenchment on the executive branch’s view of legal protections due LGBT individuals, including in employment....more

DOJ amicus brief in employment discrimination case undermines CFPB position on ECOA protection for sexual orientation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that presents the question of whether the prohibition on employment discrimination on the basis of...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

New California Transgender Regulations: Employer Do's & Don'ts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California continues to forge a trail for gender identity protections in the United States. On July 1, 2017, the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted new regulations addressing transgender issues that broaden the scope...more

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws - New California Laws Took Effect July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California is continuing to be a leader on emerging civil rights issues. Back in 2004, California enacted laws to protect transgender workers. Transgender issues have become a front-burner topic.   On the national scene,...more

Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

by FordHarrison on

On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not...more

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

Employment Law Authority - May/June 2017

THE EVOLVING DEFINITION OF SEX(UAL ORIENTATION) UNDER TITLE VII - On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, making...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

Full Second Circuit to Revisit Its Position On Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class Under Title VII

by FordHarrison on

While the Seventh Circuit definitively has held that sexual orientation discrimination is discrimination “because of sex” and, therefore, a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (as reported by...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

"Common Sense Reality": Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII

by FordHarrison on

In a landmark decision overruling decades of precedent, the Seventh Circuit en banc declared that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. This comes as the first decision...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Expanding the Reach of Title VII: Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class

In a shift from its earlier interpretations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overruled its prior precedent and held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5839...more

Does Title VII Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: the Eleventh Circuit Says No, While the Seventh Circuit Says...

by Burr & Forman on

Since its inception, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) has prohibited employers from discriminating against employees and applicants because of their sex. In the past couple of years, plaintiffs, affinity...more

The Seventh Circuit's Recent Ruling on Sexual-Orientation Discrimination: What School Districts Need to Know

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from...more

Federal Appeals Court Includes Sexual Orientation in Title VII Protection for First Time

by Barley Snyder on

A landmark decision from a federal appeals court declared for the first time that sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” under Title VII....more

CFPB May Rely on New Employment Discrimination Case in Fair Lending Context

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB may seek to rely on a recent Seventh Circuit employment discrimination case to support its view that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s (ECOA’s) prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes...more

Legislators Jump into Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ring

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers take note: On the heels of the Seventh Circuit landmark and controversial ruling last week that Title VII does, in fact, prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, a group of prominent democratic...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (which serves three states – Indiana, Illinois and Michigan), ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under...more

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Docket No. 15-1720) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the...more

Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation as Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This week, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first Federal Court of Appeals to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This decision...more

Breaking New Ground: Seventh Circuit Rules that Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation

Workplace rights for LGBT individuals has been a rapidly developing area of the law. A little over two years ago, former President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against...more

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