Category Archives: Employment Discrimination

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Businesses Show Overwhelming Support for Prohibiting Discrimination of LGBT Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a trio of cases involving the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from discrimination in the workplace. The Court’s decision will likely eliminate or clarify what protections LGBT employees have under Title VII. Michigan Employer Fires Transgender Employee In 2016, we covered one of … Continue Reading

Michigan Hospital Sued for Failing to Accommodate Religious Belief over Flu Vaccine

How far does an employer have to go to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs? That is an issue raised in a lawsuit filed by the EEOC against Memorial Healthcare on February 13 (EEOC v Memorial Healthcare). The suit claims the Michigan hospital failed to reasonably accommodate Yvonne Bair’s religious practices when it rescinded its job … Continue Reading

Corporate Funeral Home Argues Religious Belief Exempts Title VII Anti-Discrimination Law

On May 17, 2017, attorneys for a corporation operating a Detroit funeral home that fired a transgender employee filed its appeal brief. The brief argues that the corporation could fire a transgender employee who refused to follow its sex-specific dress code because allowing her to wear women’s clothes at work would violate the religious beliefs of … Continue Reading

Religion and LGBT Discrimination – Who is Protected Under Title VII

Last year we reported on an important LGBT case involving a Michigan corporation that fired a transgender female employee (EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc.). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argued Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination prohibits bias based on gender identity. The funeral home’s majority shareholder claimed the termination was … Continue Reading

What President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Means for Employment Law Cases

On January 31, President Trump announced that his U.S. Supreme Court nominee is Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. If confirmed, he would fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. Judge Gorsuch authored a dissenting opinion that exemplifies how he will likely affect employment law decisions if he … Continue Reading

Honesty is an Employer’s Best Policy – Honest Defense Rule in Employment Discrimination

A recent court decision shows that the “honest belief” rule continues to be a potent defense for employers responding to employment discrimination claims. And conversely, it continues to be a frustrating hurdle for employees to overcome in proving unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, the honest belief of a Wal-Mart manager was found to protect … Continue Reading
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