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LGBT employee rights in transition as courts weigh in on bias

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By Nonnie L. Shivers and Christine Bestor Townsend, Esqs., Ogletree Deakins

An estimated 9 million adults in the United States are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Eighty-seven percent of U.S. residents report knowing someone who is lesbian or gay, and half report having a close lesbian or gay friend. 

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples under the 14th Amendment in Obergefell v. Hodges. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia explicitly cover sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, as do numerous cities and counties across the country.

While the U.S. Department of Justice, reversing the Obama administration, has taken the position that Title VII does not prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, other federal agencies have not followed suit. Ensuring anti-discrimination protection under Title VII of ...(register to read more)

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