In Transgender Discrimination Case, Religious Beliefs Are Not a License to Discriminate

In another important decision in the continued evolution of federal law protecting the rights of individuals in the LGBTQ community, a federal appeals Court ruled that Title VII – the federal statute which prohibits discrimination based on “sex” – makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee because they are transgender. The March 7, 2018 […]

Court Rules that Working from Home Is Reasonable Accommodation under ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and who can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation. While the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation is clear, the question of whether a particular accommodation is reasonable is often disputed in […]

Court of Appeals Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Federal Law

In an important development in the continued advancement of the law protecting the rights of members of the LGBTQ community, the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, whose decisions are binding on federal courts in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, ruled that a major federal statute, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The February 26, 2018 decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., reversed earlier decisions by that Court and provided an expansive interpretation of Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination based on “sex,” which included sexual orientation discrimination.