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Thome, Massie to Present on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Jan 24, 2017

January 24, 2017 - Firm partner Joni Thome and firm attorney Dustin Massie are set to present on sexual orientation discrimination and recent developments in employment law at the upcoming Minnesota Lavender Bar Association’s (MLBA) conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

While the Minnesota Human Rights Act expressly protects Minnesota’s LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (see additional information here), there is no federal statute equivalent. However, in 2016, following a series of administrative cases finding that sex stereotyping and sexual orientation discrimination are forms of sex-based discrimination, the EEOC confirmed protection for LGBT employees against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

In this CLE presentation, Joni and Dustin examine case precedent, discuss new guidance and recent opinions from the EEOC, and consider the potential split among federal courts of appeal concerning sexual orientation discrimination protection under Title VII as presented by Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, which is currently pending with the Seventh Circuit en banc

Joni Thome is the founder of the MLBA and has been at the forefront of LGBT employment rights for nearly 25 years. Like Joni, Dustin Massie represents employees who have experienced discrimination, retaliation, harassment, or other forms illegal treatment in the workplace. The MLBA is an association of LGBT lawyers focused on promoting equality and justice in the legal profession and the LGBT community in Minnesota. Click here for more information about this conference.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered job-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For questions about workplace sexual orientation discrimination or your employment rights, contact Joni, Dustin or any of our attorneys by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.

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