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Title VII

Supreme Court to Address Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a trio of cases addressing sexual orientation discrimination next term, answering two contested questions that have split the courts. Specifically, the justices will consider whether Title VII’s ban on sex-based discrimination prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and whether the statute prohibits discrimination against transgender plaintiffs based…

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Reasons Given for Termination Are Critically Important

Proper documentation is an important component of human resource management, an employer victory in a discrimination case shows. In circumstances involving termination, documentation can be of critical significance. Stating the reasons for a termination can, depending on the circumstances, play a pivotal role in the ultimate outcome of a lawsuit. In this case, the employee had…

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Sixth Circuit Holds Transgender Status Is Protected by Title VII and Rejects Religious Freedom Restoration Act Defense

Executive Summary: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: Eastern District of Kentucky. Western District of Kentucky. Eastern District of Michigan) is the latest to weigh in on the heated debate as to whether sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status and/or gender expression are protected classes under Title VII of the Civil Rights…

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