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It’s Time to End Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination

There is currently legislation pending in both the Ohio House [ H.B. 163 ] and Ohio Senate [ S.B. 125 ] that would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of classes from which employees are protected from discrimination by their employers. Notably, the...

Saks Claims Transsexual Discrimination Is Legal. And Here's Why They're Probably Right.

Over the weekend, I joined a Facebook thread discussing a recent federal court complaint filed in Texas by a former Saks employee, Leyth O. Jamal. Ms. Jamal claims that Saks violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against her because she is transsexual. Saks claims ( here ) that...

It's Time for Michigan Employers to Address the Transgender Issue

The Michigan legislature has, to date, not amended the state's civil rights act to afford protection to LGBT individuals. There was a great deal of publicity concerning the subject at the end of last year when the legislature was in its "lame duck" session. The governor and the business...

One of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

Last September, I posted that the EEOC had filed its first two lawsuits against private employers alleging discrimination based on gender identity . The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make...

EEOC Says Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal

This is my first post (other than the blog carnival ) since I got a concussion. A lot has happened in the interim, so I have a lot to catch up on. This week I want to cover what I think is probably the most important development in discrimination law in a long time. That is, the EEOC has issued a decision...