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Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court announced on December 11 that it will not review a decision by a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled on March 10 that a lesbian formerly employed as a security guard at a Georgia hospital could not sue for sexual orientation […]

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Manhattan, has issued a mixed ruling concerning a gay man’s claim he was sexually harassed in his workplace in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In an unsigned March 27 opinion, the court ruled […]

Trans Man’s Complaint of NYPD Hostility Rejected

Trans Man’s Complaint of NYPD Hostility Rejected

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a decision notable for its lack of empathy for transgender people and the slights and humiliations they suffer on a regular basis, US District Judge Gregory H. Woods granted New York City’s motion to dismiss a complaint from a man of transgender experience that his 14th Amendment rights were violated […]

Manhattan Federal Court Dismisses Anti-Gay Job Claim  

Manhattan Federal Court Dismisses Anti-Gay Job Claim  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In 2000, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over the federal trial courts in New York, rejected the argument that sexual orientation discrimination claims could be dealt with as sex discrimination claims under federal law. It was open, however, to the possibility that a gay litigant who […]

US Court Won’t Dismiss Sexual Orientation Claim Against College     

US Court Won’t Dismiss Sexual Orientation Claim Against College     

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson ruled on December 15 that two Pepperdine University students could sue the school for sexual orientation discrimination under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal money. The ruling — rejecting the Los Angeles area school’s motion to dismiss the […]

US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination    

US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | At last, a federal district judge has expressly relied on the July 15 ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sexual orientation discrimination claims can be brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. US District Judge Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama, ruling […]

Democrats, Advocates Strike Back at Senate GOP Leader’s Criticism of Cuomo Trans Rights Directive

Democrats, Advocates Strike Back at Senate GOP Leader’s Criticism of Cuomo Trans Rights Directive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for transgender rights hit back hard on Friday after the State Senate’s Republican leader raised questions about the propriety of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement that New York will treat discrimination based on gender identity and expression as discrimination based on sex and disability, areas already covered by the State Human […]

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 […]

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the release of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of […]

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a complete turnaround, the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act has, for the first time, ruled the federal ban on employment discrimination because of sex includes discrimination against somebody because they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The July 15 holding by Equal Employment Opportunity […]

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