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EEOC Files First Title VII Suits Alleging Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

By Michelle High

discriminationOn Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed two sex discrimination lawsuits in federal court that are premised upon the Commission’s position that sexual orientation discrimination is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The first lawsuit filed by the EEOC was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Scott Medical Health Center.  In the suit, the EEOC alleges that a gay male employee was subjected to harassment because of his sexual orientation and/or because he did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes. The employee’s immediate supervisor knew that Continue reading