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Category: Sexual Orientation

EEOC Releases Charge Statistics for Fiscal Year 2017

The EEOC has released its charge statistics for fiscal 2017!  In total, approximately 85,000 charges were filed across the country. Of those, 6,696 alleged sexual harassment.  This is interesting in light of the #MeToo movement that …

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Claim of Sexual Orientation Discrimination May Proceed Under Gender Stereotyping Theory, Declares Second Circuit

The federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Failla’s March 9, 2017 decision in which she criticized precedent but then reluctantly dismissed …

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In the Big Apple, Using the Wrong Pronoun Could Cost your Company $250,000

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 https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/law/legal-guidances-gender-identity-expression.page). The New York City …

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Its First-Ever Transgender Discrimination Lawsuits

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 …

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President Obama Prohibits LGBT Discrimination Against Federal Employees And Those Who Work For Federal Contractors

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 …

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Are You Following the New Guidance on Accommodating Pregnant Employees?

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 …

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Supreme Court Employment Law: Decisions Limit Employee Free Speech Rights

Supreme Court Employment Law: Decisions Limit Employee Free Speech Rights Employers must also guard against ‘hostile work environment’ The Connecticut Law Tribune September 19, 2012 The latest Connecticut Supreme Court term included six major decisions …

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