Today, the Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status is unlawful. Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-1618, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 18-107 ___ S.Ct. ___, 2020 WL 3146686 (June 15, 2020). The Supreme Court stated that “[a]n employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.” [Read more…]
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made history in Obergefell v. Hodges by ruling that the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to become legally married everywhere in the country.
On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its suit against Abercrombie & Fitch alleging religious discrimination under Title VII. The Court held that, to prove disparate treatment, a plaintiff need only to show that the plaintiff’s need for religious accommodation was a motivating factor in the employment decision, not that the employer had actual knowledge of the need for accommodation.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant ruling last week for litigants in multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict proceedings (commonly referred to as “MDLs”) consist of multiple civil cases in federal court involving similar factual issues that are coordinated or consolidated for discovery proceedings and pretrial motions before one federal judge. MDLs are intended to achieve efficiency and avoid conflicting rulings that might occur if similar cases were litigated in different courts. Recent examples of MDLs in which Lieff Cabraser plays a leading role include the GM ignition-switch litigation and the Toyota sudden-acceleration lawsuits.