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Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the same day that Donald Trump tweeted that the US military would bar open service by transgender Americans, his Department of Justice let another shoe drop. In a brief filed July 26 with the New York-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ weighed in on a critical question […]

“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Colorado granted summary judgment on April 5 under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to a couple – two women, one of them transgender – turned down for renting either of two available rental residences by a landlord who cited their “unique relationship.” Judge Raymond P. […]

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | One of the nation’s most senior federal trial judges, 92-year-old Warren W. Eginton of Connecticut, rejected an employer’s motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim brought by an openly gay employee under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In a November 17 ruling, Eginton, appointed by Jimmy Carter […]

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A November 4 ruling in a sexual orientation discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows how progress on LGBT rights may be lost in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. US District Judge Cathy Bissoon, nominated to the federal district court […]

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that could have significant implications for how the courts view gender identity discrimination – and perhaps sexual orientation, as well – the Supreme Court, on October 28, announced it will review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which upheld […]

Gay and Trans Plaintiffs Advance on Title VII Claims

Gay and Trans Plaintiffs Advance on Title VII Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal trial courts have allowed Title VII employment discrimination claims by law enforcement officers, one gay and the other transgender, to proceed over the protests of the government agencies where they worked. On October 4, US District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey granted summary judgment to Bradley Roberts, a transgender […]

Title VII Sexual Orientation Bias Claims Divide Trial Courts

Title VII Sexual Orientation Bias Claims Divide Trial Courts

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reversing a position it held dating back 50 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last July issued a ruling that a gay man could charge a federal agency where he worked with sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for denying a promotion […]

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the debate over transgender equality having recently moved to center stage across the US — raising the distinct possibility that the community’s opponents have overplayed their hand politically — it’s worth noting the anniversary of a major nationwide victory for transgender rights that has been widely overlooked. Celebrations last June […]

US Court in Connecticut Allows Trans Plaintiff’s Title VII Suit  

US Court in Connecticut Allows Trans Plaintiff’s Title VII Suit  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Stefan R. Underhill has ruled that a transgender doctor could go forward with her sex discrimination claim against a Connecticut hospital under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Underhill noted his court is not bound by any controlling ruling on whether gender identity should be […]

Civil Rights Through Administrative Action: Can It Get Us All the Way?    

Civil Rights Through Administrative Action: Can It Get Us All the Way?    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When legislatures refuse to act on proposals to protect LGBT people from discrimination, can civil rights agencies and executive officials just go ahead and extend the protections on their own? Some recent events put this question sharply into play. In July 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring private […]

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