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Employment News

February 9, 2016

Workers Receive Lawsuit Notice Challenging Walmart’s Denial of Health Insurance to Same-Sex Spouses

Today a court-approved notice is being mailed to nearly 1,200 current and former Walmart employees who may have been denied the ability to put their same-sex spouses on their employee health plan.  The notice is the next step in a class action lawsuit arising from the case of Jacqueline Cote, a …

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December 17, 2015

MA Court Rules against Catholic High School that Rescinded Job Offer to Married Gay Man

In a first-of-its-kind decision, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school, discriminated against Matthew Barrett on the basis of sexual orientation and sex when it rescinded its offer of the job of food services manager to him because he …

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December 1, 2015

Denied a Job for Acknowledging His Husband

A few of the things Matt Barrett never expected to happen in his life: to be denied a job because he had a husband; to be part of a civil rights lawsuit; to be standing on a stage speaking through a microphone to 1,000 people.

But all of those things happened. Matt grew up Catholic on the South …

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July 20, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling: Title VII Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a critical ruling that discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The landmark July 16 ruling recognizes that federal employees …

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July 14, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit Charges Walmart with Anti-Gay Discrimination

GLAD and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) have filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with discriminating against employees who were married to same-sex spouses by denying their spouses health insurance benefits.

The class …

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April 8, 2015

GLAD Applauds EEOC Ruling Expanding Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a groundbreaking decision stating that employers must provide transgender employees access to restroom consistent with their gender identity and must refer to them by their proper name.  The decision is a key next step towards …

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October 3, 2014

EEOC Clarifies Protections For LGBT Employees

There exist both state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws that protect employees if they are discriminated against because they possess certain characteristics.  All the state employment anti-discrimination laws in New England have sexual orientation as an explicit protected …

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September 25, 2014

Walmart Denies Lesbian Employee Spousal Health Coverage; GLAD Sues on Her Behalf

GLAD has filed a charge of discrimination against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Jacqueline Cote.  Cote, a Walmart employee, was denied spousal health insurance for her wife, Diana Smithson, who is currently battling ovarian cancer. (The EEOC complaint …

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