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EEOC Scores Victory in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increasingly focused its enforcement initiatives on prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Now, the agency has a concrete...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

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

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

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

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

EEOC Sues for Transgender Discrimination

by Ruder Ware on

Recent action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has raised the specter of whether transgender persons are considered protected under the federal discrimination laws. The EEOC has sued a company in Denver that...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

What to Do with the Federal Government's Internally Inconsistent Interpretations of Title VII

Less than two and a half years ago, the federal government and courts generally agreed that Title VII did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But that consensus is no longer; within the last six...more

Is Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII? The DOJ Weighs In

by Littler on

Last week, on Wednesday July 26, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in a Second Circuit case taking the position that Title VII does not protect employees against sexual orientation...more

Eleventh Circuit Decision May Prompt Supreme Court to Determine Coverage of Sexual Orientation Bias Under Title VII

On July 6, the full Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear the appeal of a case dismissing a sexual orientation bias claim under Title VII for lack of jurisdiction. This decision creates a split among the federal...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear a Title VII sexual orientation discrimination case. The Court let stand a March 2017 ruling by a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit that Title...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, all the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed to review a suit that raises claims of sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. The case involves a New York skydiving instructor...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

Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

by Kirton McConkie PC on

DISCRIMINATION - Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and fed­eral laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimi­nation against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability,...more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest 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 it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. April 2017 was another month...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

Protected Class Status Information: Think Before You Ask

by Zelle LLP on

An April 25th article in Fortune magazine caught our attention this week. Its title is “Goldman Sachs Wants to Know if You Are Gay” and it discusses Goldman’s efforts to measure its success in hiring LGBT applicants. Chief...more

Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Bars Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Creating Circuit Split and Setting Stage for Likely...

In a landmark en banc decision rejecting its earlier panel ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

The 7th Circuit's Landmark Anti-Gay Discrimination Ruling

by Payne & Fears on

On April 4, 2017, an en banc decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal Court of Appeals to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on...more

Circuit Split on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil...more

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