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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -

EEOC Lawsuit Reminds Employers to Accommodate Pregnant Workers As It Does Other Employees

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Reminding employers of their obligation to accommodate pregnant employees in the same manner as non-pregnant employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against a North...more

LGBTQ Rights Making News and Making Law In Recent Weeks

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the past two weeks, we saw two major decisions in the area of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. First, the Second Circuit in New York held that Title VII does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Zarda v....more

Sixth Circuit Says Transgender Discrimination is Protected Under Title VII

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held—for the first time—that discrimination based on transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII. Although the court has previously held that...more

Chadbourne Litigation Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions About Equal Pay Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

The parties to a high-profile Equal Pay Act lawsuit have reached a multi-million dollar settlement that will be sure to capture the attention of employers across the country. Former partners of the law firm Chadbourne & Parke...more

North Carolina Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Claims Over Flu Vaccine Policy

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee...more

Religious Liberty v. Gender Identity – Sixth Circuit Grants Summary Judgment to EEOC in Transgender Discrimination Case

Like the recent proliferation of sexual harassment discussions in the workplace, issues concerning transgender employees are slowly but surely confronting employers and policies that may reinforce sex and gender stereotypes....more

Federal Appeals Court Finds Title VII Precludes Discrimination Based On Transgender Status

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled, in what many have described as a ground-breaking decision, that discrimination based on an employee’s transgender status is discrimination based on “sex” in...more

Forcing The Flu Shot? DOJ Sues Over Flu Policy That Requires A Note From The Clergy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of a nursing home employee alleging she was forced to receive a flu shot to keep her job when she could not provide a note from a clergy member in support...more

Fifth Circuit Emphasizes Narrowed Liability for Employee Transfer Under the Louisiana Whistleblower Statute

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana’s grant of summary judgment under the Louisiana whistleblower law, Louisiana Revised Statutes section 23:967, in favor...more

School Scores Summary Judgment Win In ADEA Collective Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: In an ADEA collective action alleging that a community college discriminated on the basis of age when it announced it would no longer employ any person receiving an annuity from the State Universities Retirement...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Former Manager’s Equal Pay Act and Title VII Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

In Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., No. 16-17237 (February 21, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Equal Pay Act and Title VII sex discrimination claims of a former manager of a car auction facility...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Considered Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Sixth Circuit recently joined a growing number of federal courts to expand the definition of what constitutes sexual discrimination under Title VII. It found that discrimination based on an individual’s transgender status...more

Emerging LGBTQ Protections: Two Circuits Expand Coverage of Title VII

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet’s webinar series presentation last month was on Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination and included a segment on the ABC’s of LGBTQ issues in the workplace. As we discussed in the webinar, the Fourth Circuit...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 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 the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit are in Agreement - Sex Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Zarda v. Altitude Express and held that Title VII provides protection from discrimination and harassment because of an individual’s sexual orientation. The...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Sexual Harassment Claim by Employee Who Quit Days Into Her Investigation

Employers are not strictly liable for hostile environment sexual harassment by a victim’s co-workers. The employer may be held responsible under Title VII if it knew or should have known of the harassment and failed to take...more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

by McAfee & Taft on

While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects a Heightened Evidentiary Burden on a Plaintiff in a Reverse Race Discrimination Case

by Littler on

In Garcia v. Hatch Valley Public Schools, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently examined whether a plaintiff has a relatively heightened evidentiary burden in proving a reverse discrimination claim brought under the New...more

Growing Trend: 2nd and 6th Circuits Join 7th in Holding that Gay and Transgender Persons are Protected Under Title VII’s Ban on...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

It has been a busy few weeks in the federal courts regarding the development of gay and transgender employment discrimination law. On March 7, 2018, the Sixth Circuit held that Title VII’s prohibitions on sex discrimination...more

Sixth Circuit Rules that Gender Identity Discrimination is Not Religious Freedom

On March 7, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a gender identity discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against a Michigan...more

Sixth Circuit: Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Transgender and/or Transitioning Status

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Less than one week after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its own...more

Sixth Circuit Rules Discrimination Against Transgender Employees Violates Title VII

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that discrimination against transgender/LBGTQ employees is discrimination on the basis of sex that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Prohibited Under Title VII

In a unanimous decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a three-judge Sixth Circuit panel has held that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is “necessarily” discrimination on the basis of sex...more

Transgender and transitioning employees protected from discrimination in Ohio

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Last week, the Sixth Circuit (which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) held that Title VII provides transgender and transitioning employees with protection from employment-related discrimination....more

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