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Blurred Lines: Courts Still Unclear On When Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Illegal

Posted in Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Since its passage in 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII, which applies to all employers with 15 or more employees, is one of several major United States employment statutes that is enforced by the EEOC.… Continue Reading

FLUSHED: The Debate Over Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Continues

Posted in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Gender Identity, LGBTQ Employees, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Workplace Policies
America is currently in the midst of a debate over sex segregated public bathrooms and their impact on the bathroom access rights of transgender individuals. Over the past few years, there’s been a wave of state legislation around the United States requiring that individuals utilize the bathrooms that correspond to the biological sex identified on… Continue Reading

New Federal Workplace Safety Rules Announced Today

Posted in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Gender Identity, LGBTQ Employees, OSHA, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Workplace Policies
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Wednesday, May 11, finalized a new recordkeeping and reporting rule that requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit injury and illness information, and bars employers from retaliating against workers for reporting such incidents. OSHA will post the data from these submissions on a publicly accessible Web… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Civil Rights, Equity Act, Gender Identity, LGBTQ Employees, Sexual Orientation Discrimination
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 (surprisingly) Congress have been very busy! On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) ruled in a 3-2 decision that… Continue Reading

EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation a Protected Category Under Title VII

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Jumping on the coattails of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, the EEOC has found that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Currently, there is no federal statute that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,… Continue Reading