Supreme Court Ruling: Title VII Prohibits LGBTQ Discrimination

On June 15th, 2020, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity is prohibited under federal civil rights law, speficially Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Title VII). In the majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch stated: “An employer who fires […]

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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Anti-Discrimination Laws

On April 23rd, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced additions to their technical assistance guidance, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” providing employers with crucial information on how to avoid possible workplace discrimination claims during the coronavirus pandemic. Provided in a “question and […]

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SCOTUS to Resolve Split on LGBT Rights under Title VII

Circuit courts have split on whether gender identity and sexual orientation are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as have the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The commission maintains Title VII’s protections based on “sex” include gender identity and sexual orientation, while the […]

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SCOTUS to Resolve EEOC and DOJ Split on Sexual Orientation Issue?

An upcoming potential Supreme Court case, which will require reviewing a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, could help reconcile the different opinions by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding sexual orientation and whether it is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At least, […]

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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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