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Telebriefs®: Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

shutterstock_41401285The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed its first cases alleging sexual orientation discrimination as a form of sex discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Since the 1964 Civil Rights Act was established, age and disability discrimination have been added to it, but this is the first time the EEOC is addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The EEOC has signaled this new inclusion, both under its latest Strategic Enforcement Plan and other publications.  In one case that was filed in the Federal District Court in Maryland, an employee, whose sexual orientation was known to her coworkers, said her supervisor made numerous comments regarding her sexual orientation and appearance.  These new cases may be litigated further and could make it as far as the Circuit Courts of Appeal or even the Supreme Court.  To learn more about the newly filed cases and how to prevent sexual orientation discrimination in your workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.   Also in this week’s Labor & Employment Telebrief:  whether or not your employees can engage in political discussions at work and if employee use of medical marijuana is grounds for termination.  


Geared to executives with employee relations responsibilities (HR directors, supervisors, managers, business owners), Labor and Employment Telebriefs® are information-packed 30 minute briefings via the telephone. Telebriefs® provide information and insights to help executives stay current with latest workplace law developments and in front of trends so as to enable proactive policy making and management . On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9 – 9:30 am ET, join Offit Kurman Labor & Employment Chair Howard Kurman, as he discusses developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. The focus is squarely on the practical. Why is this event significant for employers? What are the lessons to be learned or actions taken? These twice-monthly teleconferences are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest Labor and Employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company.  Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call! If you have any questions regarding  labor and employment issues please contact Howard Kurman: | 410.209.6417


Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. You can connect with Offit Kurman via our BlogFacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn pages.  You can also sign up to received Law Matters, Offit Kurman’s monthly newsletter covering a diverse selection of legal and corporate thought leadership content.