Second Circuit Holds that Federal Law Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment

February 28, 2018

On February 26, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (which decides appeals from federal district courts in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont) issued its decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc.  This decision found, for the first time in the Second Circuit, that the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in employment – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – prohibits employers from engaging in sexual orientation discrimination (discrimination on the basis of an employee’s actual or perceived homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bi-sexuality).  Notably, all 13 active Second Circuit judges participated in this decision, which expressly reversed prior Second Circuit decisions on the subject.

New York clients Click Here to read entire Legal Alert.

New Jersey clients Click Here to read entire Legal Alert.

Connecticut clients Click Here to read entire Legal Alert.

            *           *           *           *           *

If you have any questions about this alert, please contact your local Garfunkel Wild office or the Garfunkel Wild attorney with whom you regularly work.

 

About Garfunkel Wild, P.C.

 

Garfunkel Wild, P.C. was founded in 1980 with a single purpose in mind: to become a pre-eminent health care law firm attending to the unique business and legal needs of its clients. Since then, the firm has grown to over 70 attorneys devoted to addressing the complex legal, regulatory, business and financial needs of its diverse clients.

If you would like to receive Legal Alert mailings from Garfunkel Wild, P.C. electronically in the future, or if you would like to be removed from the mailing list, please contact us at (516) 393-2200 or eMail us at info@garfunkelwild.com.  You may also visit the Firm’s website.

THIS MATERIAL IS INTENDED AS INFORMATIONAL ONLY AND THE CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. READERS SHOULD NOT ACT UPON INFORMATION IN THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT FIRST SEEKING PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.