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 […]
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 […]
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.
In a recent case, Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, decided on February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified that the Dodd-Frank Act – passed in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis – only protects whistleblowers from retaliation if they report violations of securities laws to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).