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EEOC Triumphs in Sexual Orientation Suit in Pennsylvania Federal Court

On November 16, 2017, Judge Cathy Bissoon in the Western District of Pennsylvania awarded $55,000 in damages to a gay employee who experienced discrimination and harassment based on his sexual orientation. See EEOC v. Scott...more

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

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Last November, we explained the decision in the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. There, the...more

10 Things For Which This Employment Lawyer Is Thankful In 2017

What are you grateful for this year? Here is my list.- 1. The actual end of the Obama Administration's overtime and "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rules. I was thankful last year that these two rules were on their last...more

TITLE VII: Court Breaks from Department of Justice on Transgender Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case following the Department of Justice’s pronouncement that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons on the basis of gender identity, a court in the Western...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

Court Affirms that Missouri Human Rights Act Prohibits Sex Stereotypes in the Workplace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 24, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri issued an opinion affirming that sex stereotyping is a form of gender discrimination that is actionable under the Missouri Human Rights Act...more

Episode 25: EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum Part II: Other Emerging EEOC Trends + Takeaways

by Akerman LLP on

Matt Steinberg welcomes EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum for the second half of their wide-ranging conversation where Matt and Commissioner Feldblum discuss federal protection of employment-related LGBT rights, how the DOJ’s...more

Missouri Appellate Court’s Holding That Sex Discrimination May Be Based on Sex Stereotyping Offers Some Protections for LGBT...

by Littler on

In Lampley, et al. v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Court of Appeals held that sex stereotyping can form the basis of a sex discrimination claim when the complaining party is gay, but should not be...more

Businesses Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

On October 10, 2017, 76 companies filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court urging it to review Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital. The companies include Citrix Systems, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, Microsoft, Morgan...more

Sexual Harassment Training and Posting Requirements Expanded

by Payne & Fears on

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under current law, employers with 50 or more employees must provide at least two hours of prescribed training and...more

How to Comply With California’s New Requirement to Provide Anti-Harassment Training on Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and...

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 396, a new law that requires employers in California with 50 or more employees to provide training on policies that prohibit harassment based on gender identity, gender...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

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...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

Is Gender Identity a Protected Class?

by LeClairRyan on

The Obama era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) would have said, “YES.” Recently, the Trump Administration’s DOJ answered that question with a “NO,” reversing the federal...more

What Does Attorney General’s Memo on Transgender Rights Mean for Employers?

LGBTQ workplace rights is perhaps the most rapidly evolving area in employment law. On October 4, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally weighed in on the topic. He issued a memorandum to all federal...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Attorney General Nixes Title VII Gender I.D. Protection

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed U.S. Attorneys and federal agencies on Wednesday that Title VII does not protect gender identity as a status. Noting that the position was a “conclusion of law, not policy,” Sessions...more

Department of Justice Weighs In: Title VII Does Not Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status and/or gender expression remains a heated debate in the courts and between...more

Title VII Does Not Ban Gender Identity Discrimination, DOJ Says

Asserting that the U.S. Department of Justice “must interpret Title VII as written by Congress,” the DOJ is reversing the Obama-era interpretation of Title VII, taking the position that Title VII does not prohibit...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

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