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FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Is Switzerland Ready For This?

The United States has yet to endorse equality for people based upon their sexual orientation. Some states and municipalities have done so, and polls show that a majority of Americans support this – but that obviously is not enough. And now the Supreme Court is poised to rule on a case this Spring that will either…
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Sexual Orientation—Might the 8th Circuit Join the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits’ Party?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck Recently, sixteen attorneys general across the country filed an amicus brief (this is Latin for “friend of the court” and brings to a court’s attention other relevant, helpful matters that it may not have already considered) on behalf of their respective states seeking to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation under federal law.…
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Another Appeals Panel In NYC Declines To Hold That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

Just two weeks after the federal appeals court in New York City held that Title VII does not cover sexual orientation discrimination claims, another panel of the same court has come to the same conclusion. And this comes on the heels of the federal appeals court in Chicago coming to the opposite conclusion on April…
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NYC Federal Appeals Court: Sorry, Nothing We Can Do About Title VII And Sexual Orientation

The federal appeals court in NYC punted this week when faced with the issue as to whether Title VII covers sexual orientation.  It declined to add sexual orientation to Title VII’s coverage, even though it said it wanted to and feels very badly that it couldn’t. “Jeez, wish I coulda done it!” Last year I noted…
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The EEOC May Soon Be Derided, Defanged, Defunded, Deracinated, And/or De-functed – But This Local Law Has Real Teeth!

I noticed a relatively obscure decision just handed down by a NY court under the New York City anti-discrimination law (NYCHRL: N.Y.C. Admin. Code §8-107(1)(a)).  The City anti-discrimination law is somewhat similar to Title VII, but is way more expansive and has been construed much more broadly. The NYC Law Among other ways it differs…
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Are The Courts About To Include Sexual Orientation In Title VII?

A big change in the law and a new day may be near – or maybe not. With the country poised, perhaps, to return to the (imagined) good ‘ol ’50’s, will the courts rule that Title VII includes sexual orientation? Last week, the federal appeals court in New York City heard oral argument in a very…
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Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination About To Be Forbidden By Title VII?

A big change in the law may be near; this post is a significant addendum to a couple of earlier posts about Title VII and sexual orientation. On August 8th  I did a post and said that “Lately there’s been a whole lotta hand wringing and finger pointing in the federal courts over the issue of sexual orientation and Title…
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One Courageous Judge Contradicts Hand Wringing Appeals Courts On Sexual Orientation

A truly historic decision was rendered today by a heroic federal judge. First, the background. Lately there’s been a whole lotta hand wringing and finger pointing in the federal courts over the issue of  sexual orientation and Title VII.  I commented thusly back on August 8th.  I attributed to these courts my caustic quote: “What can I do, man?  I know…
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One More Step Towards Sexual Orientation As A Protected Class

The EEOC just announced a “conciliation” agreement with a hospital in West Virginia for $8,900.  That is, a voluntary settlement through the EEOC’s conciliation process. So why is this news? Well, it seems that an employee alleged “that she was denied spousal medical benefits for the sole reason that she is a female married to…
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Will Sexual Orientation Become A Protected Class Under Title VII?

Because the issue is so significant, I want to encourage readers to check out the post my partner Amy Epstein Gluck published the other day on sexual orientation. It may happen that sexual orientation will become a protected class — perhaps the last piece of the puzzle that is gender/identity/orientation under Title VII. To be brief,…
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RICHARD COHEN
Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States.

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AMY EPSTEIN GLUCK
Amy Epstein Gluck has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations.

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