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.
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