A Nationwide Standstill: Extending the Definition of Sex Discrimination to Include Gender Identity

On December 31, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation or enforcement of Section 1557’s provision extending the definition of sex discrimination to gender identity. The Court found that the implementing regulations went beyond the intent of Congress. Today, this injunction remains in effect…

Attorney General Reverses DOJ Policy On Protection Of Transgender Employees Under Title VII

On October 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys announcing a new Department of Justice policy that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect employees from discrimination based on their transgender status.  This announcement reverses prior DOJ policy announced by former Attorney General Eric Holder…