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Jury Rules Against Plaintiffs in Pepperdine University LGBTQ Discrimination Case

By Angela Dallara • August 15, 2017, 2:21 pm Although the outcome is not what the plaintiffs had hoped for, the legacy of this case is palpable: it marked one of the first times that a claim of discrimination based on sexual orientation as prohibited by Title IX underwent a full trial.
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Five Transgender Servicemembers Team with GLAD & NCLR to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2017, 12:11 pm The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, entitled Doe v. Trump, are five transgender service members from the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army with nearly 60 years of combined service in the United States military.
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In Shameful Brief, Department of Justice Rejects Protections for Gay and Bisexual Workers

By Adam Polaski • July 27, 2017, 2:40 pm The brief, in which the Department of Justice repeatedly refers to members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community as "homosexuals," takes an outdated perspective on the definition of sex-based discrimination.
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This Week: Trial Proceeds in Landmark Title IX Case of College Basketball Players Who Faced Anti-Gay Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 11:34 am A weeks-long jury trial is currently underway in Los Angeles in Videckis and White v. Pepperdine University, in which plaintiffs argue that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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60 Businesses and Organizations in Arizona File Brief Supporting Phoenix’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • July 19, 2017, 1:52 pm The brief makes the case that protecting LGBTQ people in Arizona from discrimination is strengthens the city's ability to conduct business and boosts the local economy.
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50 Employers Join for First-of-Its-Kind Amicus Brief in Support of Employment Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • June 26, 2017, 12:16 pm Today 50 businesses representing more than 370,000 employees filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., a case being heard by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Case of Baker Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBT Law

By Adam Polaski • June 26, 2017, 9:49 am When considering the case, the U.S. Supreme Court must consider the reality that many courts and commissions have affirmed in this specific case that Masterpiece Cakeshop is in no way entitled to a religious exemption from the Colorado Public Accommodations Law.
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5th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses HB1523 Case Despite Deep Harms to Mississippi LGBT Community

By Adam Polaski • June 22, 2017, 12:06 pm The three-judge panel today found that the plaintiffs in the case lack legal standing to officially challenge the law and that the lower court ruling, a stunning and powerful rebuke to anti-LGBT religious exemptions, should be reversed and the case dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
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Historic: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dignity for Transgender Student

By Adam Polaski • May 30, 2017, 3:31 pm In the ruling, a 3-judge panel of the federal appellate court affirmed that the school district must allow Ashton Whitaker, a transgender boy in Wisconsin, to use the boys' restroom.
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Legal Momentum: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Will Rehear Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • May 25, 2017, 3:03 pm Today, May 25 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit granted a request to consider en banc (the full court) a case concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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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.