Archive for 'Sexual Orientation'

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”), the city agency that enforce anti-discrimination laws, recently issued guidance on discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/cchr/html/law/gender-identity-legalguidance.shtml). The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”), among other things, prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment on the basis of gender.  […]

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At the end of August, in State of Texas v. United States of America, a Texas federal court Judge, the Honorable Reed O’Connor, issued a 38 page order blocking the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance that required school districts to allow transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room facilities to use.  Judge Reed […]

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently initiated lawsuits against two employers for alleged transgender discrimination.  These are the agency’s first-ever lawsuits involving transgender rights.  These developments are consistent with the position the EEOC adopted in 2012 that transgender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII as a subset of sex discrimination.  Only time will tell […]

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At the end of July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) discrimination against federal employees and employees of federal contractors.  The Order amends Executive Order 11478 to add “gender identity” to the list of protected attributes on the basis of which discrimination in federal employment is forbidden.  Executive […]

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When employers hear the news that their employee is pregnant, many do not know what to do.  Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) just-released guidance explains exactly what employers should do.  It details how the EEOC will be enforcing the law with regard to the sixdifferent federal statutes controlling this issue: Title VII of […]

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