by Nicholas Michael Saleh, Esq.
On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity ("EEOC") ruled in a 3-2 decision that discrimination based on sexual orientation is covered by the prohibition on "sex"-based discrimination in the workplace contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"). See David Baldwin v. Dep't of Transportation, EEOC Appeal No. 0120133080 (July 15, 2015).
The decision follows three weeks after the Supreme Court's historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015).
Currently, Title VII does not expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but, as foretold by Adair Buckner in her July 27, 2015 post Employers: Gear Up for Changes in Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses After Supreme Court Ruling, big changes in the law may be coming sooner than expected.Read More