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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

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

Lawsuit Challenges Adoption Agencies That Refuse to Work with Same-Sex Couples

by Varnum LLP on

2015 was an eventful year for gay rights in Michigan. Most notably, litigation concerning Michigan's ban of same-sex marriage reached the United States Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges. In a June 26, 2015 decision, a...more

LGBT Immigration Rights Upheld by Hong Kong Court

In a decision likely to please equal opportunities campaigners as well as global financial institutions and other employers of overseas talent in Hong Kong, the Court of Appeal has unanimously struck down an immigration...more

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The competing interests of an individual’s First Amendment right to religious freedom and an individual’s right to be free from discrimination will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) in the...more

Hiding Behind Faith

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A reasonable amount of uncertainty, speculation, and even fear is expected with any change. Recently, we have seen a change among states and laws governing child welfare agencies and same-sex adoption....more

Leaked Draft Executive Order to Respect Religious Freedom Disrespects the LGBTQ Community

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last summer, Donald Trump received recognition for being the first Republican presidential nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech. If you didn’t actually listen to his speech or read the transcript,...more

Is discrimination in respect of same-sex marriage ever permissible?

by Dentons on

In Reverend Canon Pemberton v. Former Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Canon Pemberton, a Church of England priest, entered into a same-sex marriage. The Church of England opposed the Marriage (Same Sex...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Can a Massachusetts Religious School Refuse to Employ a Worker in a Same-Sex Marriage?

In Barrett v. Fontbonne Academy, the Massachusetts Superior Court curtailed various statutory and constitutional defenses available to an employer affiliated with a religious institution that faces discrimination claims under...more

Sexual-Orientation Discrimination: The Lessons for Most Employers Will Be Clear Even if Federal Law Remains Unsettled

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Attitudes toward same sex relationships have experienced enormous change in recent years. Perhaps the most dramatic manifestation of this shift is the Supreme Court’s decision this June in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down...more

Five Months after Same-Sex Marriages Held Constitutional: Where Are the Courts Headed on the Unanswered Questions?

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No. 14-556, holding that state bans of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Specifically, the...more

Avoiding Discrimination Claims After Obergefell

In June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, striking down bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and legalizing same-sex marriage in every state (135 S....more

Religious Institutions: September 2015

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Respondeat superior (literally, "let the master answer" in Latin) is a doctrine that applies when an employer or principal has the ability and authority to direct and control the pertinent acts of the employee. Put otherwise,...more

Lessons Employers Can Learn from Kentucky Clerk’s Same-Sex Marriage License Dispute

by Cozen O'Connor on

Almost every day the news carries an additional story about Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kim Davis story may be...more

EEOC Ruling on Sexual Orientation Impacts Same-Sex Spouse and Domestic Partner Benefits

by Snell & Wilmer on

In our July 2, 2015 blog, Obergefell v. Hodges – Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States, we indicated that employers may need to offer same-sex spouse health and welfare benefits and rethink domestic partner benefits in...more

Two Months after Same-Sex Marriages Held Constitutional, Where are the Courts Headed on the Unanswered Questions?

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No. 14-556, holding that state bans of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Specifically, the...more

Colorado Rules Baker Cannot Refuse Service to Same-Sex Couples for Religious Reasons

by Burr & Forman on

In a post last week, I discussed how some believe Tennessee’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) could allow Tennessee businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples despite a recent ruling that...more

Impact of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that states may not deny same-sex couples the right to marry, finding that doing so violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Writing for the five-justice majority, Justice Kennedy...more

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

The Equality Act: Federal Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Law Introduced in Congress

Last month, in a historic case, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples—like their heterosexual counterparts— have the constitutional right to marry. On the heels of this decision, federal agencies and...more

Health and Welfare Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after Obergefell: A New Mandate for Employers?

After last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, employee benefit plan sponsors may wonder whether Obergefell affirmatively imposes an obligation for employers to provide health, life,...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #3

by Zelle LLP on

There’s just no rest for employment lawyers this summer. We had another exciting week. The biggest news was the EEOC’s ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The agency found that...more

Employment Law - July 2015

The Impact of National Same-Sex Marriage for Employers - Why it matters: How will employers feel the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges? The landmark ruling that the Fourteenth...more

So Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal … Now What? Important Decisions Employers Face Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires all 50 states to license marriages between same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state....more

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