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U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Case of Business Seeking to Deny Service to LGBTQ People

By Adam Polaski • October 7, 2017, 6:39 am Oral argument in the case – when attorneys will make the case that no business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples or anyone just because of who they are – will be held Tuesday, December 5 in Washington, D.C.
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Trump Administration Re-Interprets Title VII to Exclude Transgender Americans

By Adam Polaski • October 5, 2017, 2:46 pm DOJ circulated a memo yesterday alerting federal agencies that it would no longer interpret Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex in the workplace, to apply to transgender Americans.
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TODAY: 6th Circuit Considers Whether Employers Can Claim Religious Exemption to Employment Non-Discrimination Law

By Adam Polaski • October 4, 2017, 9:31 am Today, October 4, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio will consider oral argument in the case of EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, a case concerning employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
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PHOTOS: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Argument in Major Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • September 27, 2017, 4:17 pm Notably, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) presented arguments on opposing sides, in a rare split between two federal government agencies over the same issue.
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TODAY: Jeff Sessions’ DOJ Urges Federal Appellate Court to Reject LGBTQ Protections

By Angela Dallara • September 25, 2017, 1:19 pm FFAA looks forward to oral argument tomorrow and continuing to update our supporters about developments in this important case.
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Six Times Courts Ruled That Anti-LGBTQ Religious Refusal Policies Are Discrimination

By George Simpson • September 8, 2017, 1:01 am Take a look below at six significant legal victories in cases where opponents of LGBTQ equality failed to succeed in their efforts to create a carveout from a non-discrimination law.
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Trump’s Department of Justice Files Brief to Supreme Court Advocating for Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • September 7, 2017, 5:32 pm President Donald Trump is once again turning his attention to undermining legal equality for the LGBTQ community. The Trump administration today filed an amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The administration filed in support of the baker who refused to serve a couple because they are gay.
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Advocates Urge SCOTUS to Consider Review of Landmark Gay Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • September 7, 2017, 3:09 pm Today Lambda Legal filed a petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in their case Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a potentially landmark case dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Sister of Man Who Faced Employment Discrimination Continues Her Brother’s Legal Challenge After His Death

August 29, 2017, 4:50 pm Melissa Zarda's brother Don was a committed worker and a talented skydiver – but when he openly discussed his sexual orientation, he was fired. He sued, but in the middle of his lawsuit he tragically passed away – and now Melissa is carrying the case forward in what could be a landmark ruling.
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Federal Judge in Pennsylvania Affirms Dignity for Transgender Students

By Adam Polaski • August 28, 2017, 6:37 pm The judge ruled that Boyertown's policy respecting transgender students' gender identity poses no harm to non-transgender students.
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Wisconsin School District Requests Supreme Court Review of Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions

By Adam Polaski • August 26, 2017, 10:07 am On Friday, August 25, the Kenosha Unified School District officially filed a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in Kenosha Unified School District v. Whitaker.
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6th Circuit Schedules Argument in Case Where Judge Justified Anti-Transgender Discrimination Under Federal RFRA

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2017, 9:15 am The case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, is based out of Michigan and was filed on behalf of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013, weeks after transitioning. 
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By Continuing Landmark Title VII Fight, Texas Man Looks to Cement Former Partner’s Legacy

August 18, 2017, 12:32 pm Don's case has dragged on for more than six years now in court – and after all of this time, his loved ones want nothing more than to see justice for Don – and for the thousands of Americans discriminated against each year because of their sexual orientation.
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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.