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Telebriefs®: Is Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII’s Prohibition on Sex Discrimination?

Recently, at a large industry conference in San Antonio, the Acting Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Victoria Lipnic, addressed the issue of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Representing the EEOC’s perspective, she asserted that sexual orientation is included under Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. She noted that the EEOC currently has over 3,000 pending charges before the agency on the issue of sexual orientation, which is quite a large backlog in terms of the number of charges. Lipnic went on to explain that in contrast to the EEOC’s position on sexual orientation, the Department of Justice does not believe that sexual orientation is included within the definition of sex discrimination. It is interesting to see the contrast between these two governing organizations and only time will tell whether this issue is definitely decided in the Courts in the future. To learn more about sexual orientation discrimination, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: critical provisions to include in your Employee Handbook and how to properly document relevant information to protect against employee lawsuits.

Questions about what is protected within the definition of sex discrimination or other topics from this week’s Telebrief? Contact us

 

 

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Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. 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. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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