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LGBTQ Employees & Discrimination: Title VII, Changes & Challenges

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LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Hunter College

132 East 65th Street

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"US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive ...stating that Title VII in the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of gender identity. The memorandum reverses the position that the Justice Department took in 2014, when then-Attorney General Eric Holder determined that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a form of sex discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had reached the same conclusion in a landmark ruling in 2012, and multiple federal courts have found that Title VII covers transgender people as well." (Ryan Thoreson, HRW blog, Oct 5, 2017)

This session will explore the implications of these Title VII changes in guidance for LGBTQ employees with a specific focus on transgender people. Other rising challenges to LGBTQ employment non-discrimination will also be discussed.

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Ryan Thoreson is a researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Scott M. Matheson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was a research fellow at OutRight Action International. He is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Ryan holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in government and studies of women, gender, and sexuality from Harvard University.

Rosemary DiSavino is a Senior Trial Attorney in the Newark Area Office of the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with over 20 years experience litigating employment discrimination cases. Prior to joining EEOC, Ms. DiSavino was in private practice with a concentration on representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination matters. In private practice, Ms. DiSavino was one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapters v. Rutgers and the State of N.J., a 1993 case which sought health insurance coverage for the same-sex domestic partners of Rutgers employees. As an EEOC Trial Attorney, Ms. DiSavino litigates employment discrimination claims arising under federal anti-discrimination laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Co-sponsored by National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions

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