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Transgender, Transitioning, and Title VII: Sixth Circuit Provides Protected Status

Ogletree Deakins • March 27, 2018
Does discrimination based on gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s protection against discrimination “because of sex”? Adopting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) interpretation of Title VII, in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently said “yes” and reversed a lower court that had ruled to the contrary. The status of being transgender (or transitioning) is now—on its own—a recognized protected status under Title VII in the Sixth Circuit.

Transgender Employee Rights Expanded by 6th Circuit Ruling

XpertHR • March 26, 2018
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans discrimination because of an employee's transgender or transitioning status, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In EEOC v. R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, the Cincinnati-based appellate court held that discrimination on the basis of transitioning status is necessarily discrimination based on sex.

Title VII Anti-Discrimination Protection Covers Transgender Employee, Appeals Court Rules

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 09, 2018
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may pursue claims that an employee was discriminated against on the basis of transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled in a landmark decision. EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, No. 16-2424 (6th Cir. Mar. 7, 2018). The Court rejected the employer’s argument that it was protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Court Dismisses on Religious Freedom Grounds EEOC’s Title VII Suit on Behalf of Fired Transgender Employee

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 23, 2016
Finding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed to accommodate the religious beliefs of a funeral home’s owner who fired a transgender employee under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a federal district court has dismissed the Commission’s discrimination lawsuit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., No. 14-13710 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 18, 2016).
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