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Court decides it doesn’t have to rule on discrimination based on sexual orientation

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A federal court hearing an anti-gay discrimination case in Texas has avoided ruling on whether sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination under Title VII. It did so by concluding that the employee didn’t show she had actually experienced sex discrimination.

Recent case: Robin is a black lesbian woman. She worked full time as a probationary police officer in the Humble Independent School District for about nine months until she quit.

During that time, she complained that her supervisor was hostile and told her that she “looked gay” because she dressed, spoke and acted in a manner that wasn’t as feminine as other women. She alleged he delayed her training because of her sexual orientation and gave her a substandard patrol car. She claimed she had been forced to resign.

Robin sued, alleging she had been constructively discharged because of her sexual orientation.

The court first reviewed the law under T...(register to read more)

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