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Sex Discrimination

sexual orientation discrimination

Does Federal Employment Law Forbid Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

The law is not settled as to whether LGBTQ employees can legally be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation, though most courts have ruled that such discrimination is not covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Recently, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that discrimination based on sexual preference …

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pregnancy discrimination

Can an Employer Fire a Pregnant Employee Due to Concerns About Fetal Health?

Employers, especially those whose employees are exposed to dangerous situations or toxic chemicals, may fear being sued if workplace conditions result in birth defects, premature birth, or miscarriage of a fetus carried by a pregnant employee. These employers, if they act on those fears, also risk being sued for pregnancy discrimination. That is the case …

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Can Transgender Employees Be Discriminated Against?

There are legal protections for transgender employees. The main federal law banning employment discrimination, Title VII, has been interpreted as prohibiting employers from discriminating against transgender workers (though the statute does not have explicit language stating that). Maryland and District of Columbia law also protect transgender employees (prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and expression), …

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Sexual orientation discrimination

Can a Case Claiming Sexual Orientation Discrimination Be Successful?

Depending on the facts of the case and the applicable law, a sexual orientation case can be successful for employees. An example is one of the first lawsuits the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed claiming that an ex-employee suffered sex discrimination due to her sexual orientation as well as retaliation for reporting the discrimination. …

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Does Title VII prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Are LGBTQ Employees Protected From Discrimination Under Title VII?

The legal rights of the LGBTQ community have expanded over the years, most notably in the realm of marriage equality. Those expanded rights have not extended to federal laws covering employment rights, though other legal protections may provide some help. Equal employment laws ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in 26 states including Maryland …

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If Hillary Clinton Faced This Kind Of Discrimination Applying For Any Other Job, It Would Be Illegal, Literally

July 28, 2016 Our nation passed a historic milestone when Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for president. Americans disagree about how much her gender has helped or hurt her so far in this campaign and we will continue to debate this very important topic through November and beyond. But there …

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Can a clothing requirement be grounds for a discrimination case?

Swimsuit Key to Age and Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Lawyer/Lifeguard

Can a discrimination case be based on required clothes? This is the main issue in a sex and age discrimination case pending in New York state court. The plaintiff, a 65-year-old bankruptcy attorney who moonlights as a lifeguard (or a lifeguard who moonlights as a bankruptcy attorney), claimed that to pass mandatory evaluations to work …

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Reporting Workplace Discrimination: Why It’s Important

Things are not going well for you at work. Almost every day, you face various forms of unprofessional and harassing conduct from your co-workers. Based on the comments you have heard and the differences in treatment between you and other employees, you think you might be the victim of discrimination based on your age, sex, …

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