Category Archives: Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Jackson Enacts Ordinance Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination In Employment

On February 8, 2017, the City Council for Jackson, Michigan approved a non-discrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. The ordinance passed 5-2 and after extensive and heated public debate. A full copy of the ordinance is available here. Except for exempted employers, e.g., … Continue Reading

Identifying Your Company’s Next HR Challenge: Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Earlier this year we wrote about the EEOC’s decision that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, which is made unlawful under Title VII. See Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Unlawful under Federal Law … For Now? On 10/29/2015, this issue was before a district court judge who agreed with the agency’s opinion, but … Continue Reading

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Unlawful under Federal Law … For Now?

On July 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a decision confirming that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) Title VII is the primary federal statute that prohibits a range of discrimination against employees. This decision marks the first time the … Continue Reading

The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling and What it Means for Employers

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples nationwide have a constitutional right to marry. The full case opinion (Obergefell v. Hodges) is available here, however, the majority opinion was best summed up by Justice Kennedy as follows: The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty … Continue Reading

Small and Fortune 100 Businesses – Same-Sex Marriage is Good for the Economy

Over 370 companies, including small businesses and Fortune 100 companies, and business groups showed their support for same-sex couples seeking the right to marry by filing a brief in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thirty-seven states and Washington, D.C. permit same-sex marriages under local laws or court decisions. However, … Continue Reading

Michigan Legislative Landscape for LGBT Discrimination

Last year, some Michigan politicians introduced proposed legislation to amend Michigan’s main employment civil rights statute, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), to protect employees who are gay from discrimination. That legislation, however, didn’t go anywhere. And going into the elections this November the future of that legislation is, at best, uncertain and, more likely, not … Continue Reading

Governor Snyder & Business Leaders Support Amending Michigan Law to Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday, May 29, 2014 that he would like to see Michigan lawmakers amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include language about sexual orientation and gender identity before the end of the year. These statements were made in an interview with Crain’s Detroit Business, as reported by Chris Gautz. Currently Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil … Continue Reading

Governor Snyder – Michigan Will not Honor Lawfully Performed and Valid Same-Sex Marriages

Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder issued today a press release announcing that Michigan will not recognize any of the 300 plus same-sex marriages that were performed last weekend. These same-sex marriages were performed after a federal judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Unwilling to accept this decision, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette decided to … Continue Reading

Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination – Legislative Update

Tomorrow Royal Oak (Michigan) votes on a local ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. The Royal Oak City Commission passed the ordinance in March, but enough residents signed a petition to keep it from taking effect. If this ordinance is enacted, Royal Oak would join approximately … Continue Reading
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