Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Thursday, March 3, 2016

EEOC Breaks New Ground Suing for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII for the First Time

On March 1st the EEOC announced the filing of its first two Title VII sex discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. One of the suits was filed locally in the District of Maryland. The EEOC has been working for several years to try to show that sexual orientation, which is not explicitly listed in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is a form of sex discrimination, which is covered under Title VII.

In many respects, the federal laws are playing catch-up to state and local laws which already protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in many jurisdictions, including Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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