Kansas Teacher Receives $95,000 Settlement after Suspension for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Name and Pronouns

Can an employer mandate that its employees address their colleagues, customers, or students by their preferred names or pronouns? That is the million-dollar question. Or in the case of a Kansas middle school teacher who refused to use a student’s preferred name and pronouns due to her religious beliefs—the $95,000 question. Read below to get… Continue reading Kansas Teacher Receives $95,000 Settlement after Suspension for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Name and Pronouns

Pronouns and Misgendering: Answers to Common Questions from Employers

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock decision in June 2020, which held that discrimination because of someone’s transgender status is prohibited under the umbrella of sex discrimination, the EEOC issued guidance expanding on Bostock’s practical implications. The EEOC’s guidance highlights one form of harassment that can contribute to creating a hostile work environment based on gender identity — misgendering.… Continue reading Pronouns and Misgendering: Answers to Common Questions from Employers

Marking One Year of Bostock: EEOC Issues Guidance on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

A year ago, the Supreme Court deemed it unlawful to otherwise discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, a decision that has become a historic milestone for LGBTQ+ rights. The Court explained that an employer who discriminates based on sexual orientation or transgender status necessarily discriminates… Continue reading Marking One Year of Bostock: EEOC Issues Guidance on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

Kansas Human Rights Commission Expands LGBTQ Protections

On August 21, 2020, the Kansas Human Rights Commission (“KHRC”) decided to begin accepting complaints of “sex” discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on an individual’s LGBTQ status under the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (“KAAD”). This decision follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, where the Supreme Court held that… Continue reading Kansas Human Rights Commission Expands LGBTQ Protections

Supreme Court Rules Title VII Prohibits LGBTQ Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which includes Title VII, prohibits employment discrimination against employees because of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. Today, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in a trio of cases that tested the question of whether Title VII’s existing ban on discrimination “because of… sex” includes discrimination because… Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Title VII Prohibits LGBTQ Discrimination