Wal-Mart Settles First-Ever LGBTQ Class Action Lawsuit

Wal-Mart settled the first successful LGBTQ lawsuit ever this past week when it agreed to shell out $7.5 million to lesbian and gay employees whose same-sex spouses were denied benefits between 2011 and 2013, when the retail giant changed its policy. “This class action settlement breaks new ground,” the attorneys for the plaintiffs said in […]

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11th Circuit Court Holds that Title VII Does Not Cover Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

Joining every other circuit court except D.C., the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation. “[W]e are bound to follow a binding precedent in this Circuit unless and until it is overruled by this court en banc […]

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Trump Vows to Continue Protecting LGBTQ Workers’ Rights

President Trump announced today that he will continue to enforce an executive order issued by  his predecessor, Barack Obama, that protects the workplace rights of those in the LGBTQ community at businesses operating under federal contracts. “The President is proud to have been the first-ever GOP (Republican) nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his […]

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DOJ Asks Appeals Court to Lift Injunction Against Administration’s Transgender School Bathroom Ruling

On Friday, Jan. 6, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed papers with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a federal judge’s injunction against the Obama administration’s 2016 school bathroom ruling, which gave transgender students free choice to use the facility they preferred. The injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Reed […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Transgender Bathroom Edict Nationwide

A federal judge in Texas has affirmed a nationwide injunction against implementation of the Education and Justice Departments’ guidance on transgender bathroom access, which also means federal funds cannot be withheld from schools that do not comply with the mandate announced in May. Judge Reed O’Connor first issued his injunction in August in the case of Texas v. […]

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U.S. Judge in Texas Puts Hold on Obama’s Transgender School Bathroom Rule

Late Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with Texas and 12 other states in their lawsuit against the Obama administration’s directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice by placing a temporary hold on the ruling. Judge O’Connor in essence said the directive was not interpretive of existing law but […]

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States Sue to Block Administration’s Transgender Bathroom and Other LGBT Directives

More than a dozen states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Texas to block initiatives by the Obama administration designed to protect the rights of transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice, among other LGBT anti-discrimination provisions. The move came one day after the administration sued in North Carolina to block that state’s “bathroom bill” […]

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