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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 […]

Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Atlanta-based US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a divided ruling on March 10 holding that a lesbian plaintiff suing for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could file an amended complaint alleging she suffered discrimination because of sex stereotyping, but upholding a district […]

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 […]

North Carolina Law Draws Immediate ACLU/ Lambda Lawsuit    

North Carolina Law Draws Immediate ACLU/ Lambda Lawsuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of North Carolina GOP Governor Pat McCrory signing into law H.B. 2, an “emergency measure” passed with the unanimous support of Republicans in the state legislature to restrict public restroom access for transgender people and preempt localities from legislating on LGBT rights, the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Rights […]

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 […]