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Gender dysphoria: Is it an ADA-protected disability?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Gender Identity Discrimination
As our readers know, discrimination against transgender individuals is often treated as sex discrimination under Title VII, as a form of unlawful “sex stereotyping.” But is it also a “disability” within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act when an individual identifies with a gender other than his or her biological one? Transgender individuals… Continue Reading

North Carolina’s HB 2 is history

Posted in Gender Identity Discrimination
The North Carolina General Assembly voted today to repeal the infamous HB 2 “bathroom law,” and Governor Roy Cooper has signed the repeal into law. The law is very short. It repeals HB 2 and provides that local governments, and the state university and community college systems, cannot regulate access to multi-user restrooms, locker rooms, or changing facilities until… Continue Reading

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule is on the chopping block

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Sexual Orientation
In good news for federal contractors, Congress has taken its first step toward permanently blocking implementation of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule, also known as the contractor “Blacklisting” Rule.  As we have discussed previously, the Rule (which includes regulations and guidance implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673) requires federal contractors bidding on contracts worth… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Must-see TV, LGBT protections here to stay, ICE to harden?, best way to less regulation

Posted in Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Immigration, Politics, Sexual Orientation
Must-see TV! President Trump said last night that he would be announcing at 8 p.m. EST tonight his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy that was created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. You have to hand it to the President for scheduling the announcement for prime time, when everyone can watch. Although I think… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Class actions, eLaw, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Wage-Hour
Attention, New York employers! The Empire State (and the Big Apple) have enacted a number of employment-related laws — including minimum wage, family leave, freelance worker protections, and bathroom designations — that have recently taken effect, or will take effect in the not-too-distant future. Anjanette Cabrera and Stephen Stecker from our New York City Office… Continue Reading

President Obama’s labor and employment legacy

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, HR, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Same-sex marriage, Sexual Orientation, Social media, Wage-Hour
NOTE FROM ROBIN: A portion of Jill’s remarks below appeared Tuesday morning in Law360 (paid subscription required). Notwithstanding what might happen over the next four (or eight) years, there is no question that President Barack Obama has left his mark on labor and employment law in some very important ways. Even if President-Elect Trump’s administration… Continue Reading

Nitpicking the EEOC’s proposed guidance on harassment

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Orientation
This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed Enforcement Guidance on workplace harassment. It’s 75 pages long, so a little too much to cover in a single blog post. The EEOC is seeking comments from the public until February 9, so I will start with the comment-worthy provisions. Next week, I’ll post about… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

Oh, wait a minute — sexual orientation bias DOES violate Title VII?

Posted in Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Orientation
Feeling whipsawed? Last summer, I reported on the Hively v. Ivy Tech decision, in which a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is not “sex discrimination” or unlawful sex stereotyping that violates Title VII. That decision has since been vacated, and the case will… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Class actions, ConstangyTV, Elections, Equal Pay, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Sexual Orientation, Wage-Hour, Work-Life Balance
Effect of Election 2016 on labor and employment law. We asked our practice group heads and some thought leaders to tell us how they think employers will be affected by a Trump Administration on specific labor and employment law issues. This client bulletin is packed with prognostication about what we may see in the areas of affirmative action and… Continue Reading

“It’s going to be beautiful, believe me”: Trump on labor & employment law issues

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Pregnancy, Sexual Orientation, Uncategorized, Wage-Hour
Congratulations to President-Elect Donald J. Trump, and to everyone who was elected or reelected to office yesterday. With a President Trump and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, employers may see some changes in the form of less aggressive regulatory agencies, a National Labor Relations Board that is more employer-friendly, and some relatively conservative… Continue Reading

ConstangyTV is on the air!

Posted in Affirmative Action, Constangy News, ConstangyTV, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Pregnancy, Sexual Orientation
I am delighted to announce the launch of ConstangyTV’s Close-Up on Workplace Law, a new video series on labor and employment law issues. We’ll be offering these videos on a monthly basis, in addition to our newsletters and blog posts. Our debut is about the evolving definition of sex discrimination under federal law. Host Leigh Tyson, a… Continue Reading

EEOC appeals loss in Detroit transgender case

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
As we knew it would, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has appealed the decision of Judge Sean Cox, who granted summary judgment to a Detroit-area funeral home chain in a transgender discrimination case. Here is my analysis of Judge Cox’s decision. The case will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears… Continue Reading

Court sets aside Title VII sexual orientation decision, agrees to rehear

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has vacated Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, which found that Title VII did not protect against sexual orientation discrimination. I wrote about the decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, in August. The court will rehear the case with all of the… Continue Reading

Restroom use “catch 22” for transgender individuals violates Title VII, court says

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Settlements
Roberts v. Clark County (NV) School District involved a female-to-male transgender police officer. Although the School District later changed its policy, when Bradley Roberts first told the District in 2011 that he was presenting as a male, he was told that he could not use the men’s room until he submitted proof of gender reassignment surgery.… Continue Reading

EEOC Small Business Resource Center: Two thumbs up!

Posted in Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Harassment, Pregnancy, Product Review, Retaliation, Sexual Orientation
I spent some time yesterday at the new Small Business Resource Center, which went live this week on the website of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I think it’s great. Small businesses, which may be just below or at the cusp of coverage by federal anti-discrimination laws, are often confused about (1) whether they are covered, and (2)… Continue Reading

The EEOC’s defeat in Detroit: Pants, skirts, gender identity, and religion

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
UPDATE (10/17/16): As expected, the EEOC has appealed the District Court’s decision described below to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Last week, I reported that summary judgment was granted against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its transgender discrimination lawsuit against R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, linked to the decision… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
*The Summer 2016 edition of Preventive Medicine, our health care industry publication, is out, featuring an article by Susan Bassford Wilson on the ever-changing law on LGBT discrimination. We also have the EEOC’s latest LGBT charge-filing statistics, and all the latest employment law news of interest to health care employers since our Spring 2016 edition.… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Detroit-area funeral home wins in EEOC transgender case

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Remember EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes? This was the transgender discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a suburban Detroit funeral home chain for allegedly discriminating against an employee after she began presenting as a female. It’s one of the few cases where the employer actually fought back, with the… Continue Reading

Massachusetts expands protections to transgender individuals

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
As of October 1, “places of public accommodation” in Massachusetts will be prohibited from discriminating based on gender identity. That is, persons accessing a “place of public accommodation” must be permitted to use gender-segregated locations (such as restrooms and locker rooms) consistent with their gender identity. Any place that is open to and accepts or solicits… Continue Reading

Notes from the Industry Liaison Group National Conference

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Orientation
The 2016 Industry Liaison Group National Conference was held last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sylvia Smith, an Affirmative Action Specialist from our firm’s Atlanta Office, and I had the pleasure and privilege of attending and presenting this year. The headliners, as usual, were Patricia Shiu, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and… Continue Reading

Huh? Title VII and sexual orientation bias, revisited

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity Discrimination, Same-sex marriage, Sexual Orientation
UPDATE (10/14/16): The Hively decision discussed below was issued by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit. This week, the full Seventh Circuit set aside the decision and agreed to rehear the case with all of the judges participating. Here is a copy of the order.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit… Continue Reading