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Is Distress Over Your Assigned Gender a Disability?

Posted in LGBTQ Employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
District Court Narrowly Construes the ADA to Allow a Transgender Employee to Pursue Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Pennsylvania District Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (“ADA”) provision excluding “gender identity disorders” from ADA coverage should be construed narrowly, and held that a transgender employee’s disability discrimination and retaliation… Continue Reading

Federal Court of Appeals Rules that Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination, LGBTQ Employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made history by extending the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBT individuals in the workforce when it held that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination.” In Tuesday’s 8-3 decision, the… 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

Unpaid Interns: The New Category of Employees?

Posted in Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Unpaid Interns
The fiery debate over the employment status of and protections afforded to unpaid interns is alive and well! It appears that Congress is continuing the trend of providing additional workplace protections to unpaid interns.  On Monday, July 27, 2015, Representative Elijah Cumming (D-Md.) introduced three separate pieces of proposed legislation aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against… Continue Reading