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District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...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

DOJ Reverses Course—Title VII Does Not Cover Gender Identity

by Blank Rome LLP on

On October 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) stance that gender identity is protected as part of the prohibition against “sex” discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Department Of Justice Releases Memorandum Restricting Transgender Worker Protection Under Title VII

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s position that gender identity is protected as part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against sex discrimination — taking...more

Heads You Win, Tails You Lose: Government on Both Sides of the LGBT Protections Debate

Recently, much has been made about the government’s conflicting positions regarding whether sexual orientation is protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC (“Equal Employment Opportunity Commission”)...more

End of Fiscal Year Filings Signal Business as Usual at the EEOC – For Now

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Just like the leaves turning colors, you can count on a flurry of court filings from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) every September as the agency rushes to get cases on file before the end of its fiscal...more

EEOC Determination: Denial of Transition-Related Health Care Benefits Violates Title VII Rights of Transgender Employees

by Reed Smith on

In a recent Letter of Determination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) found probable cause to believe an employer violated the Title VII rights of a transgender employee when it excluded coverage for...more

Battle Of The Feds! DOJ, EEOC Lock Horns On Sexual Orientation Bias

Whoa. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are at cross purposes in the “gay skydiver” case. Are they ever. ...more

Gay Bias Is Still In The News

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Second Circuit has announced that it is scheduling en banc review and has asked the EEOC to weigh in on the controversial question of whether Title VII covers discrimination on sexual orientation. The court has invited...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Changing Face Of Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

As all hospitality employers know, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex.” However, the statute does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity. What does...more

Circuit Split: Expansion of Title VII Protections and Sexual Orientation as a Subset of a Protected Class

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Title VII has been supplemented via legislative action to also prohibit discrimination due to...more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Is Protected Under Title VII

With its recent en banc decision in Hively v. Indy Tech. Cmty. Coll. of Ind., 2017 WL 110393 (7th Cir. 2017), the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...more

Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Denies Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim, but Is This the Final Word?

If you have been keeping track of how the federal courts have handled employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and we know you have), you have probably noticed that many courts have...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination in Employment, Seventh Circuit Says

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The stage has been set for the Supreme Court to consider whether sexual orientation is protected sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Sitting en banc last week, the Seventh Circuit...more

Seventh Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On Tuesday, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex discrimination also includes protections against employees being discriminated against...more

The Seventh Circuit’s Big Decision: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited By Title VII

by Williams Mullen on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), sitting en banc, handed down what is being called a monumental decision in the development of legal...more

Sexual Orientation Moves One Step Closer to Being a Protected Characteristic

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Federal law protects applicants and employees from negative treatment in connection with their employment, where that negative treatment is based on a protected characteristic. Traditionally, courts have interpreted the...more

New EEOC Proposed Guidelines May Signal What is to Come in the Area of Sex-Based Workplace Discrimination

by Baker Donelson on

A few weeks ago, the public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed guidance on unlawful workplace harassment closed, drawing mixed responses from commentators. The purpose of the...more

Second, Eleventh and Seventh Circuits Disagree Whether Title VII Extends to Claims of Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 27 the Second Circuit held that Title VII does not provide protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. In Christiansen v. Omnicom Group Inc., the plaintiff alleged that his employer...more

7th Circuit Becomes First Appellate Court To Extend Title VII Protection To Sexual Orientation

by Miller Canfield on

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a landmark opinion becoming the first appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

Seventh Circuit Extends Title VII Protections to Sexual Orientation

by Morgan Lewis on

The first-of-its-kind decision leads to a split in authority between federal circuits on discrimination and harassment claims on the basis of sexual orientation....more

Federal Court of Appeals Rules that Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made history by extending the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBT individuals in the workforce when it held that “discrimination on...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII, SCOTUS Review Likely

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, making the Seventh Circuit the first federal appellate court to find...more

Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Says Seventh Circuit

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Discrimination on the basis of one’s sexual orientation is a form of unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, according to an April 4, 2017 ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Indiana, Illinois...more

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