Tips to Create an Alliance Culture for Gender Identity

Creating a positive and safe work environment is more important than ever and it benefits employers and employees. The right actions assist changing workplace culture to reflect our changing society. Gender identity may cause some employees caution when interacting with other employees, despite years of working relationships. Here are some tips to create an alliance […]

ELS Summer Employment Law Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available on our LinkedIn page. Articles include: Supreme Court To Decide LGBTQ Workers’ Rights Raise Your Defenses and Raise Them Early: A Good Reminder from the Supreme Court for Employment Counsel Defending Title VII Workplace Bullying: States are Taking Action Other informative topics: Employment Law Checklist, Risk Management, and Internships. #ELSFirm […]

Supreme Court To Decide LGBTQ Workers’ Rights

It may come as news to many that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  The Supreme Court will review whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination against employees because […]

Gender Transitions in the Workplace

Employer obligations to employees that are considering and undergoing gender transition surgery are unclear. No federal employment law explicitly prohibits discrimination against transgender employees, but, some courts, including the Eleventh Circuit, have interpreted Title VII to prohibit such discrimination. See E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018); […]

Kennedy Ends ‘Masterpiece’ With LGBT Rights Legacy Intact

Law360, Washington (June 5, 2018, 10:59 PM EDT) — The case of a baker who refused custom cake orders for same-sex weddings on religious grounds was perhaps the biggest test yet of Justice Anthony Kennedy‘s robust LGBT rights legacy, but after the dust settled on Monday’s ruling in favor of the baker, that record remained […]

Missed our Sexual Harassment Workshop? Get the Materials Here!

On March 6, 2018, ELS presented Sexual Harassment: What the Media is NOT Telling You. The workshop discussed “unpopular” issues in sexual harassment law. Topics included sexual harassment basics and less discussed issues in sexual harassment  law, including same-sex harassment, female harassers, false claims, and consensual office romance that becomes harassment. ELS can equip your organization the tools needed to […]

EEOC’s Year-End Surge Shows Focus On Disability Cases

Law360, New York (October 20, 2017, 8:22 PM EDT) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently closed out its fiscal year with a bang, filing a wave of lawsuits against companies like Lowe’s and Whole Foods that placed a strong emphasis on disability discrimination, and settling existing cases against convenience store giant Allsup’s and […]

Nominees to EEOC Likely to Roll Back Litigation and LGBT Coverage

Two possible EEOC  nominees, if confirmed, are likely to pull back EEOC aggressiveness in litigation and interpretation of Title VII’s coverage of LGBT employment discrimination.  Read more here: Law360-EEOC Noms Stress Negotiation, Guidance At Senate Hearing  

LGBT Protections in the Workplace

On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.[1] According to the complaint, Kimberly Hively, an openly lesbian, part-time, adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College, applied for a full-time position at least six times over […]