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In Historic First, Federal Judge Rules Transgender Person Can Pursue Discrimination Claim Under Americans With Disabilities Act

By Adam Polaski • May 19, 2017, 9:41 am The judge recognized gender dysphoria as a medical condition, and his order details that its specific exclusion from the Americans with Disabilities Act (gender dysphoria is one of about a dozen medical conditions exempted from the ADA) is unfair.
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Lawsuit Filed Against Kentucky Credit Union That Discriminated Against Lesbian Woman

By Adam Polaski • May 12, 2017, 12:17 pm Today, May 12, Fauver Law Office in Louisville, Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Park Community Credit Union on behalf of a woman who last year was harassed and fired from her job because of her sexual orientation.
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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Fired Gay Man, Citing 2nd Circuit Concurrence & 7th Circuit Ruling

By Adam Polaski • May 8, 2017, 11:45 am "The law with respect to this legal question is clearly in a state of flux, and the Second Circuit, or perhaps the Supreme Court, may return to this question soon. In light of the evolving state of the law, dismissal of plaintiff's Title VII claim is improper."
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Members of Congress Urge Full 11th Circuit to Rehear Anti-Gay Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • April 14, 2017, 12:02 pm "We firmly believe that Title VII’s sex discrimination provision already prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity."
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4th Circuit Judge Pens Powerful Tribute to Gavin Grimm, Young Hero in Transgender Equality Movement

By Adam Polaski • April 7, 2017, 4:19 pm Judge Davis today penned a moving tribute to Gavin Grimm and contextualized his role in the fight for equal treatment for all Americans.
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Momentum: For the First Time, Federal Judge Finds Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Violation of Fair Housing Act

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 2:40 pm In less than twenty-four hours, two federal courts in two different states issued landmark, first-of-their-kind rulings finding that federal law prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
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HISTORIC: Why the 7th Circuit Ruling Declaring Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Illegal is So Important

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 9:03 am Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a historic en banc ruling in favor of Kimberly Hively, a math teacher who was fired from her job in Indiana because she was seen kissing her girlfriend.
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What You Need to Know About Mississippi’s HB1523, Considered by 5th Circuit Today

By Adam Polaski • April 3, 2017, 12:57 pm On April 3rd, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals in Lubbock, Texas will hear arguments on Mississippi’s HB 1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBT religious exemption law.
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7th Circuit Panel Presses School District Hard on Anti-Transgender Restroom Policy

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2017, 5:47 pm The hearing today was on a preliminary injunction issued by a district court judge in 2016, which permitted the boy, Ashton Whitaker, to use the boys' room.
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In Positive Ruling, 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 3:44 pm Today a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a case featuring a gay man suing for employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping.
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Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms: Religion Is No Excuse for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2017, 11:41 am Today the Washington Supreme Court released its ruling in Ingersoll v. Arlene's Flowers, a case that questioned at its core whether a person's individual religious beliefs could be used as an excuse to discriminate against a same-sex couple.
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6th Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Ruling in Favor of Transgender Student to Take Effect

By Adam Polaski • December 16, 2016, 12:58 pm By doing so, the school allowed a lower court ruling – which allows a young transgender girl to use the girl's restroom at school without discrimination – to take effect.
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Louisiana Judge Rules Against Governor’s LGBT Executive Order in Attorney General’s Shameful Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • December 14, 2016, 2:52 pm Today, December 14, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against a 2016 executive order in Louisiana protecting LGBT contractors and employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Federal Courts Issue Two Victories for Transgender Students Facing Discriminatory Restroom Policies

By Megan Clayton • September 28, 2016, 10:47 am In a preliminary injunction issued last week in Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled that a school district could not force a transgender boy to use a bathroom separate from other students. In another victory in Ohio, a judge affirmed the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance.
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BIG WIN: Transgender North Carolinians Win Legislative Relief from HB2 in Step Forward

By Megan Clayton • August 26, 2016, 7:21 pm North Carolinians who petitioned a federal court to halt enforcement of the anti-transgender portions of House Bill 2 were vindicated today when a federal judge accepted their request.