Tag: transgender rights

DOJ Reverses Course on Title VII Protections for Transgender Persons

  On October 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum announcing the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) new stance that transgender employees aren’t protected from discrimination under federal law. The announcement reflects a reversal from the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law and runs counter to federal court decisions and other federal agencies’ […]

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Supreme Court’s action on transgender rights keeps employers watching

The U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it has decided not to hear arguments in a case regarding restroom access for transgender students doesn’t directly affect employment, but it puts employers on notice to keep up with developments that could affect the workplace. On March 6, the Court announced that it is sending back to a […]

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Employers advised to stay up to date on legal trends affecting transgender rights

The Trump administration’s action rescinding guidance to public schools on restroom policies for transgender students sends a different signal than guidance from federal agencies dealing with employment, but the real message for employers is to stay tuned. On February 22, the Trump administration revoked Obama administration guidelines that advised public schools to allow transgender students […]

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California employers have until March 1 to comply with new restroom law

by Michelle Lee Flores and Brett Nicole Taylor California employers need to be in compliance with the state’s new “all-gender” requirements for single-use restrooms by March 1. Assembly Bill 1732 requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or local government agency in California to be identified as an all-gender […]

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Transgender bathroom case makes it to Supreme Court

by Rachael L. Loughlin On October 28, 2016, the Supreme Court granted the request of the School Board of Gloucester County to consider whether the Court should overturn a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fourth Circuit ordered the School Board to allow Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as […]

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New Massachusetts law to expand transgender protection

by Stefanie M. Renaud Massachusetts law has prohibited discrimination against transgender people in employment and housing since 2011, but a new law taking effect on October 1 will expand transgender protections to places of public accommodation. On July 8, Governor Charles Baker signed into law a bill that prohibits discrimination against persons because of their […]

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NC General Assembly does more than just invalidate Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance

by Richard L. Rainey On Wednesday night, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2, which was then signed by Governor Pat McCrory. While HB 2 was prompted by the desire to overturn Charlotte’s recently enacted ordinance that banned discrimination against LGBT people in the provision of public accommodations and allowed transgender individuals […]

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Maryland governor signs transgender rights bill

by Kevin C. McCormick Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a bill that prohibits discrimination against transgender citizens in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which was passed by the legislature on March 27 and signed into law on May 15, adds “gender identity” to the Maryland laws that […]

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