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Posts tagged ‘Civil Rights Act’

 

“Fairness for All Act” Introduced in Congress

The Fairness for All Act was recently introduced by a conservative congressman hoping to bridge the divide between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom.

December 13th, 2019

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart recently introduced the Fairness for All Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which aims to be a compromise bill to both protect LGBTQ people and religious freedom. This appears to be the first time that a so-called LGBTQ civil rights bill has been introduced by a conservative lawmaker, and it Read More


Over 200 Businesses Sign Brief Supporting LGBTQ Individuals

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated.

August 6th, 2019

In July 2019, more than 200 businesses signed a brief that was filed with the United States Supreme Court in support of three LGBTQ workers who were terminated as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The brief was organized by several LGBTQ civil rights organizations including the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Read More


Supreme Court Prepares to Hear LGBT Discrimination Cases

One member of a same-sex couple in Alaska was recently denied her 2019 Permanent Fund dividends because of an outdated law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

August 2nd, 2019

In April 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear three cases concerning LGBT discrimination during its fall term. Each of these cases addresses the question of whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from terminating workers as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. These Read More


Department of Justice to Ask Supreme Court to Consider Military Transgender Ban

A same-sex couple in Maryland recently initiated a federal lawsuit to challenge the US's refusal to recognize the citizenship of their daughter.

December 11th, 2018

In a recent court filing, the Department of Justice announced plans to ask the United States Supreme Court to review President Trump’s ban on military service for transgender individuals. The Department of Justice announced that it plans to file a request before the Supreme Court by November 23, which means that the justices would be Read More


Recent Case Involves Bullying and Religion

The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging a 94-year-old cross that memorializes deceased World War I veterans in Maryland.

April 13th, 2018

  A teenager recently initiated a legal action against a religious private school in Texas after the teenager experienced bullying of a racist nature. The student claimed that the school did not make any efforts to stop the bullying, but the school claimed that its religious doctrine makes it immune from legal actions in these Read More


Second Circuit Rules on Title VII in Zarda Case

A second federal circuit court has ruled the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses sexual orientation discrimination.

March 9th, 2018

  Recently, in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation discrimination. The case arose when Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who identifies as gay, claimed that his position was terminated after a customer complained that the worker Read More


Missouri Supreme Court to Hear Two LGBT Cases

The Missouri Supreme Court is positioned to hear two LGBT rights cases that may break ground in how to interpret sex discrimination.

February 22nd, 2018

  The Missouri Supreme Court is positioned to hear two LGBT rights cases. One of these cases involves a transgender teen who was denied access to appropriate facilities at a school. The second involves a gay man who claims discrimination because he did not demonstrate stereotypical masculine qualities. Both of these cases arise from the issue Read More


Michigan Civil Rights Commission Urged to Adopt Interpretive Statement

The Fairness for All Act was recently introduced by a conservative congressman hoping to bridge the divide between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom.

November 28th, 2017

In two letters from August, 41 House and Senate members urged the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to adopt an interpretive statement to expand a law’s application. Concurrently, the group Equality Michigan asked the commission to contemplate whether they should investigate sexual orientation and gender identity complaints under the definition of sex discrimination that is already Read More