Employment Law This Week (Episode 78: Week of July 3, 2017) has released bonus footage of its interview with Sheila A. Woolson, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green.
As Ms. Woolson discusses, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argues that Title VII covers sexual orientation discrimination. The EEOC laid out its position on sexual orientation protections in an amicus brief requested by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The court is conducting an en banc review of a case involving a skydiver who claimed that he was fired for disclosing his sexual orientation to a customer. Relying on Second Circuit precedent, a three-judge panel found that sexual orientation was not covered under the law. The court en banc will decide whether that precedent should stand.