EEOC Files First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suits: An Interview with Jeffrey Landes

Employment Law This Week

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Employment Law This Week (March 14, 2016) has released bonus footage of its interview with Jeffrey M. Landes of Epstein Becker Green.

As Mr. Landes discusses, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first sexual orientation bias suits. Last year, the EEOC interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against an individual for sexual orientation. The agency concluded that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of unlawful gender discrimination. This month, the agency filed two landmark federal lawsuits seeking to enforce its interpretation of the statute for the first time. The agency is suing on behalf of workers at a company in Baltimore and one in Pittsburgh for harassment based on sexual orientation.

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