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Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Federal Appeals Court Finds Title VII Precludes Discrimination Based On Transgender Status

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 14, 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled, in what many have described as a ground-breaking decision, that discrimination based on an employee’s transgender status is discrimination based on “sex” in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII).1 While the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made such a determination in 2012,2 the Sixth Circuit is the first such federal appellate court to so rule.

Another Landmark Ruling: Court Says Transgender Discrimination Violates Federal Anti-Bias Law

Fisher Phillips • March 08, 2018
In what appears to be the first time a federal appeals court has extended the nation’s main federal employment discrimination statute to cover transgender and transitioning employees, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that employers cannot discriminate against such employees without violating Title VII. The appeals court also rejected the employer’s attempt to claim that its religious beliefs should shield it from such discrimination claims, opening the door for other applicants, employees, and former employees to avail themselves of statutory anti-bias law.