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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

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

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

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

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

Light reading for your Fourth of July weekend

Posted in Constangy News, Discrimination, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lawyers!, Retaliation, Safety
Well, maybe not light reading, but good reading about good news that you won’t want to miss! Here are our bulletins and other publications from the last week, in case you missed them: *Heather Owen is already shooting off Fourth of July fireworks at the FOCUS women’s leadership blog because our firm was named this week by the National… Continue Reading

Your summer labor and employment reading list — for this week, anyway

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Pregnancy
I was on vacation last week, and so we have a lot of catching up to do. Here’s what’s been going on, from most to least recent: *David Phippen has been keeping us up to date on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Rule and what that will mean for employers. On Wednesday, a federal judge in… Continue Reading

BREAKING: North Carolina sues USDOJ over bathroom law

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Law360 reported this morning that the State of North Carolina has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Raleigh. The suit seeks a declaratory judgment (official ruling from the court) that, by enforcing HB 2’s provisions regarding “bathroom use and changing facility use by state employees,” the state is not in violation of Title… Continue Reading

EEOC posts fact sheets on LGBT discrimination, transgender issues

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a new Fact Sheet on LGBT discrimination that employers will find helpful. As I’ve reported before here and here, the agency is taking an aggressive position regarding coverage of LGBT issues under Title VII’s sex discrimination provisions. The EEOC’s fact sheet, as well as other materials linked in it,… Continue Reading

Suit seeks to block N.C. “bathroom bill”

Posted in Discrimination, Employment at Will, Gender Identity Discrimination
Of significance to employers, the bill, which was signed into law last Wednesday, eliminates the common-law cause of action for wrongful discharge based on “EEO” discrimination. I talked about that here. Here is a copy of the lawsuit, filed today in federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plaintiffs are three individuals (two transgender men… Continue Reading

N.C. “bathroom bill” has a bomb for wrongful discharge plaintiffs

Posted in Discrimination, Employment at Will, Gender Identity Discrimination
Big news for employees and employers in North Carolina — the General Assembly enacted a bill on Wednesday (signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) within hours) that was primarily intended to preempt a certain high-profile municipal “bathroom” ordinance. (More on that in a sec.) But included in the bill is a provision that eliminates the wrongful discharge/public policy cause… Continue Reading

BREAKING: EEOC files 2 Title VII suits alleging sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Orientation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed today two lawsuits contending that employers’ alleged discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation violates the Title VII ban on sex discrimination. One suit was filed on behalf of a gay call center employee in Pennsylvania, and the other was filed on behalf of a lesbian forklift operator in Maryland. Here… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Transgender claim will go to jury

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Last year, Tommy Eden had a post about a gender identity lawsuit in which an employer in Georgia actually won summary judgment. A reader alerted me last night that a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the decision in part yesterday, finding that the Plaintiff’s mixed-motive claim should go to a jury. According… Continue Reading

Why the EEOC believes Title VII bans sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a “friend of the court” brief in a sexual orientation discrimination appeal, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination is “sex discrimination” prohibited by Title VII. (Thanks to EEOC General Counsel David Lopez for alerting me.) I am a skeptic on this subject. Title VII was enacted in 1964, and legend… Continue Reading

Male minister who won’t wear makeup sues for religious bias

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Boy, the Detroit area seems to be in the front lines for the gender-identity wars. As I’ve previously reported here, here, here, and here, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a high-profile gender-stereotyping lawsuit going on against an area funeral home chain based on its discharge of a transgender employee. The funeral home is represented by… Continue Reading

Straight from the source: EEOC’s 10 hottest litigation trends

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Background Checks, Class actions, Discrimination, Harassment, Pregnancy, Retaliation, Settlements, Telecommuting
Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference. The EEOC has been litigating like a house afire, so I knew you would want to hear what he had to say. Mr. Lopez – who… Continue Reading

EEOC transgender case in Detroit will go forward

Posted in Civil Procedure, Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
As our readers know, the EEOC filed two lawsuits last fall against private employers, alleging discrimination against transgender individuals: one case against a medical practice in Florida, and the other against a funeral home operation in the Detroit area. And as I reported last week, the Florida case settled for $150,000 plus some training and other… Continue Reading

EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOG CARNIVAL: April Fools’ Edition

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, eLaw, Employment Law Blog Carnival, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lactation, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Same-sex marriage, Social media, Wage-Hour
(St. Patrick’s Day is sooooo nine hours ago!) Ever looking to the future, we celebrate the coming April Fools’ Day with this month’s greatest employment law blog posts. Some of my summaries are accurate, and others are “fools’ editions” – you’ll have to read the actual posts to know which is which. There are so many excellent posts… Continue Reading