Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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    While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) doesn't list sexual orientation as a protected class, an increasing number of local and state governments are passing laws and ordinances that protect applicants and employees from workplace discrimination and harassment that's based on sexual orientation. So, even though Title VII...

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    Legislative Background Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have already passed legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Over the past several years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced in nearly every session of Congress in an attempt to broaden federal employment...

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    Anyone who has filled out EEO-1 forms knows the challenge of fitting humans into demographic boxes. People's backgrounds and orientations often defy ready definition, leaving you to your best guess under the circumstances. Facebook has the same problem since checking demographic boxes can be confusing or challenging for users. It has long had the...
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    No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain The 2014 Kansas legislative session is in full swing. Unlike the last two years, when well-supported bills to overhaul parts of the Kansas workers' compensation, wage payment, and unemployment laws were on the agenda, there are no major...
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    This year's session of the Nebraska Legislature has focused primarily on tax reform, Medicaid expansion, budgetary concerns, and a variety of other issues unrelated to labor and employment law. However, a number of the bills that have been introduced could have a significant impact on Nebraska employers and employees. Although it doesn't appear...
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    In its recent highly publicized decision in Elane Photographs, LLC v. Willock, the New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a photography studio illegally discriminated against a same-sex couple when it declined to photograph their commitment ceremony. The decision addresses the application of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA)...
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    According to 2010 census data, Maine ranks seventh in the nation in same-sex couples per capita. Recently, the state was named one of the top 10 LGBT-employment-friendly states in the nation by xperthr.com. For each state, the website looked at the number of laws protecting LGBT people, the implications of those laws, and LGBT-friendly corporate...
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    Many states, including California, Illinois, and Washington, have enacted statutes prohibiting discrimination against both public and private employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. At present, there is no statewide legal prohibition in Texas against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or...
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    The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with 15 or more employees, has been bouncing around Congress for a while. This article will bring you up to speed on ENDA's status and provide a refresher on what the proposed law...
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    A great deal of attention has been focused on the U.S. Senate's recent passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The House of Representatives has yet to take up the bill, but there's much speculation that supporters have the votes...
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