Employment Law This Week (Episode 52: Week of December 12, 2016) has released bonus footage of its interview with Jennifer Barna, an Associate at Epstein Becker Green.
As Ms. Barna discusses, a federal district court has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) covers sexual orientation. A former teacher in Connecticut filed suit, claiming that she was mistreated by her school because she is a lesbian. The school sought dismissal, arguing that Title VII doesn’t extend to sexual orientation discrimination. The district court denied the school’s summary judgment motion, finding that Title VII’s protection against discrimination based on sex extends to sexual orientation discrimination. Federal courts across the country have been wrestling with this issue over the last few months, and a split among the circuits could be brewing.