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HTMLSexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited by Title VII, Federal Court Rules
Mariah H. McGrogan, Paul A. Patten, Michelle E. Phillips, Marla N. Presley, Douglas G. Smith; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2016, previously published on November 11, 2016
The prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to sexual orientation, Judge Cathy Bissoon of the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled. EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Ctr., No. 16-225 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 4, 2016).


HTMLMassachusetts Anti-Discrimination Agency Issues Guidance on Gender Identity Discrimination
Gauri P. Punjabi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2016, previously published on October 26, 2016
Recently, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) published guidance on gender identity discrimination, which the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (commonly known as “Chapter 151B”) has prohibited since July 1, 2012. The guidance and statute, however,...


HTMLSeventh Circuit to Reconsider Title VII Prohibition of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
Paul A. Patten, Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2016, previously published on October 14, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has vacated the July 28, 2016, decision of a Seventh Circuit three-judge panel holding that sexual orientation discrimination is not sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and granted rehearing en banc (by the full...


HTMLCourt Decisions Could Frustrate Obama Administration Efforts to Protect Transgender Students, Employees
Thomas Dorer, Mariah H. McGrogan, Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 28, 2016, previously published on September 21, 2016
A flurry of judicial activity has surrounded the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide legal protection to transgender individuals by extending protection against sex discrimination to cover gender identity under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...


HTMLEstablishment, Structure and Functioning of Regional Courts of Appeal
Erdem Erdem Law Office;
Legal Alert/Article
September 14, 2016
Appellate jurisdiction is regulated under the Civil Procedure Code (“CPC”) that entered into force on 01.10.2011. Thus, the decisions rendered by the courts of first instance may be challenged before the competent regional courts of appeal, and the regional courts of appeal sit between...


HTMLLand Use Litigation - Trends, Exposures and Moral Hazards
Audrey L. Copeland, Howard Mankoff; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2016, previously published on September 1, 2016
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), 42 USCS § 2000cc, is a complex federal statute that in theory was written to prevent municipalities from discriminating against religious institutions in land use decisions, among other things. In practice, this shield is often...


HTMLSeventh Circuit Invites Supreme Court to Make Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable Under Title VII
Colleen G. DeRosa, Anne E. Larson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016
Bound by its own precedent, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not redress sexual orientation discrimination in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, (7th Cir. July 28, 2016). The opinion could have ended there, and perhaps it would...


HTMLSeventh Circuit Issues Reverse Discrimination Decision
Patrick Folley; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
August 23, 2016, previously published on August 2016
On February 2, 2016, the Seventh Circuit reversed the defendant’s summary judgment regarding a construction worker’s claims of racial discrimination under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and remanded the case for further proceedings. Deets v. Massman...


HTMLKeep It in the Bathroom - If You Can: Effects and Implications of North Carolina House Bill 2
Ashley P. Holmes; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2016, previously published on July 2016
On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 (“HB2”), a bill prohibiting and limiting protections for transgender people in a variety of settings. While it is clear that the now infamous “Bathroom Bill” has become a lightning rod issue in an...


HTMLNY State Division of Human Rights Prohibits Discrimination Based on Relation or Association
Caroline J. Berdzik, Christopher P. Maugans; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016
The New York State Division of Human Rights recently adopted new regulations that prohibit discrimination based on a relationship or association with members of a protected class (race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other protected characteristic...


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