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As POTUS, AG Scramble to Hold On, Our Community Proves an Inviting Target

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a dispiriting one-two punch on July 26, President Donald Trump announced, in a three-tweet spree, that the US military will no longer “accept or allow” open service by out transgender Americans, while hours later Attorney General Jeff Sessions — just under the wire — filed a friend of the court brief, […]

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge federal appeals panel has upheld a trial court’s preliminary injunction requiring a Wisconsin high school to allow a transgender boy to use the boys’ bathroom facilities during his senior year there. The landmark May 30 ruling from the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals represents the first […]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Revisited by Second Circuit

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Revisited by Second Circuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was pondering three petitions asking for en banc consideration of whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act can be interpreted to ban sexual orientation discrimination as a form of sex discrimination – one petition of which has since been accepted – a […]

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

BY ANDY HUMM | Arthur S. Leonard, award-winning legal reporter for Gay City News and the editor and principal author of LGBT Law Notes online (le-gal.org/about-law-notes), has been on the faculty of New York Law School since 1982. On April 26, he was honored as the school’s first Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law, […]

“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. […]

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full bench of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, substantially advanced the cause of gay rights on April 4, finding that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Title VII applies generally to private sector employers with […]

Trump Action on Transgender Students Carries Contradictions

Trump Action on Transgender Students Carries Contradictions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Trump administration, in line with statements that candidate Donald Trump made opining that the issue of restroom and locker room access by transgender students should be left up to state and local officials, issued a letter to all the nation’s school districts on February 22 withdrawing two letters issued […]

Trans Employee Can Sue If Surgery Benefits Refused

Trans Employee Can Sue If Surgery Benefits Refused

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Does a transgender employee who seeks coverage under her employer’s benefit plans for breast augmentation surgery have a legal remedy if her claims are denied? US District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ruled on January 13 that a trans woman employed by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems may pursue a sex discrimination […]

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The November 30 hearing, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, marked […]

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 […]

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