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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

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

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

Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Michigan Law – Is it a Time for a Change?

Sexual orientation discrimination can be described as being treated differently or harassed because of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, which includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual orientation. Unlike federal laws that protect people from workplace discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability, there is no federal law that … Continue Reading
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