Posts Tagged ‘sexual orientation’

Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

Roberta Fields . Charlie Plumb In a culture that has become increasingly divisive on a number of fronts – including matters of race, religion, politics, ethnicity and gender, just to name a few – what can employers do to ensure that such tensions don’t permeate the workplace? Better yet, what can employers do to create…

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No Surprise: EEOC files two sexual orientation lawsuits

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed two lawsuits charging employers with discriminating against employees based upon their sexual orientation. In a Pennsylvania federal court, the EEOC claimed Scott Medical Health Center had subjected a gay employee to harassment because he did not meet co-employees’ gender stereotypes. The lawsuit alleges that the health center…

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EEOC says sexual orientation protected under Title VII

The last few years have seen a dramatic expansion of rights to persons on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found unconstitutional the heterosexual definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” in the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Earlier this year, that court found same-sex marriage is a fundamental…

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REDUCTIONS IN FORCE » Sexual orientation and reverse discrimination

Not all discrimination claims are created equal. To prove reverse sexual discrimination against a male employee requires greater proof than gender discrimination claims filed by women. The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reiterated that point in a recent case. The case highlights judicial deference to an employer’s business judgment in reductions in force…

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