What’s All The Fuss? SCOTUS (Finally) Considers Whether Adverse Decisions Against LGBT Employees Constitute Sex Discrimination In Violation of Title VII

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

With this post, I join the multitude of bloggers writing about the historical announcement yesterday that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear and decide a series of cases this fall to determine whether the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “sex,” Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

Hey 2019, How Is Corporate America Doing With LGBT Policies?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gives us some indicator to answer this question.

Last week, the HRC released its 2019 Corporate Equality Index report— a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Some results are as follows:

571 US companies and law firms made a perfect […]

You Should Dress More Gender Appropriate

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking on Chili’s. No, it’s not because a server added to salt to a margarita when a customer specifically asked for no salt (this happens to me a lot), and it’s not because there were not enough jalapeños on the nachos.

Rather, the ACLU recently filed […]

Diversity and Inclusion: Best Response To Increased Sexual Harassment

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

On Halloween, I intend to head down to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a public meeting titled “Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment” with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. I plan on adding my 2 cents.

Why? Well, I’ll tell you.

Earlier this month, the EEOC released preliminary data for this year reporting increases in sexual […]

LGBTQ Circuit Split, Meet the Religious Exemption

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Late last week, a 1000-member church group in Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the federal anti-discrimination law.

This group alleges that—despite the absence of a prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender […]

Sexual Orientation—Might the 8th Circuit Join the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits’ Party?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Recently, sixteen attorneys general across the country filed an amicus brief (this is Latin for “friend of the court” and brings to a court’s attention other relevant, helpful matters that it may not have already considered) on behalf of their respective states seeking to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation under federal law. These […]

Diversity & Inclusion Done Right

We’ve talked about G.E.’s goals to achieve gender parity by “balancing the equation,” here, by introducing a council to inform future retention strategies, including career advancement and leadership development opportunities for women, and by implementing employee programs and benefits that engender a fair and inclusive culture where all employees can thrive.

Other companies are successfully moving […]

“Too Butch”— Sex Stereotyping

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

While discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is still not expressly prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits sex discrimination, (although the issue is currently before the courts) discrimination on the basis of gender stereotypes is proscribed. By the […]

Supremes Save Transgender Rights For Another Day

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

By now, most people (who read or watch the news, anyway) know that the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just vacated a lower court ruling in a transgender student’s favor and sent the case back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision followed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) and Department […]

Virginia Is For ALL Lovers, Including LGBTQ

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck
Hello Dulles Technology Corridor, there are some new employment requirements in town for you businesses that work with the state government.

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy specifically based on sexual orientation and gender identity. […]