What You Should Know (WYSK) About EEOC and Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers (USA)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sent this bulletin at 03/10/2016 11:04 AM EST What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers Recent EEOC Litigation Regarding Title VII & LGBT-Related Discrimination Examples of Court Decisions Supporting Coverage of LGBT-Related Discrimination Under Title VII Federal Sector Cases Involving LGBT Individuals Addressing Sexual […]

EEOC Sexual Orientation Lawsuits (USA)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two sex discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. The federal agency’s Philadelphia District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Scott Medical Health Center, and, in a separate suit, in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, […]

EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes (USA)

A federal district court in Michigan declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a funeral home that allegedly fired a transgender woman, Amiee Stephens. The court noted that transgender status is not a protected class under Title VII. However, the EEOC’s complaint asserted that the Funeral Home fired Stephens “because Stephens did […]

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @EEOCNews (USA)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a landmark ruling that affirms employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees violates Title VII, the federal law that bans employment discrimination based on protected characteristics. We hope plaintiffs in individual actions will be able to use this determination to overcome years of bad (and erroneous) case law […]

U.S. Office of Personnel Management @USOPM, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @EEOCNews, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board @USMSPB (USA)

Four Federal Government agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. The guide was reissued after more than a decade and was been substantially revised to reflect major developments in the law. The […]

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @EEOCNews v. Deluxe Financial Services, Inc. (USA)

Deluxe Financial Services Corp., a Shoreview, Minn.-based check-printing and financial services corporation, allegedly violated federal law by subjecting a transgender employee to sex discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) claims in a lawsuit. According to the EEOC’s suit against Deluxe Financial Services, Britney Erica Austin had per­formed her duties satisfactorily in the com­pany’s […]

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (USA)

Abercrombie & Fitch refused to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim, because the headscarf that she wore pursuant to her religious obligations conflicted with Abercrombie’s employee dress policy. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed suit on Elauf’s behalf, alleging a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits a prospective […]

Mach Mining v. EEOC (USA)

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts may only conduct a “relatively bare-bones review” of the EEOC’s conciliation efforts. The decision stems from the EEOC’s lawsuit against Mach Mining, LLC, headquartered in Marion, Ill. The Commission sued Mach Mining in September 2011, alleging that the company violated Title VII by failing […]

EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic (USA)

Brandi Branson, a transgender woman, won a $150,000 settlement from Lakeland Eye Clinic after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the clinic for allegedly discrimination against Branson based on sex in violation of federal law.  The EEOC claims the defendant fired Branson because he is transgender, because he was transitioning from male to female, and/or because […]