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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ind. Courts - "7th Circuit can make civil rights history for gay and lesbian employees"

From Alison Frankel's Reuters' "On the Case" column Monday - some quotes:

Under federal law as it exists right now in the United States, gay men and lesbians can marry their partners over the weekend and can be fired the following Monday for doing so, without any recourse under the Civil Rights Act.

But that may be about to change.

On Wednesday, the en banc 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, in which former Ivy Tech adjunct professor Kimberly Hively claims the college refused to allow her to interview for a full-time job and ultimately did not renew her contract because she is a lesbian. The case gives the 7th Circuit a historic opportunity to fix what three of its own judges have called “a jumble of inconsistent precedents” and a “confused hodge-podge of cases.” If the full appellate court sides with Hively and her lawyers from the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, gays and lesbians will finally receive protection under federal law from workplace discrimination.

Click the link and read on, this is a lengthy, excellent analysis.

See a long list of earlier ILB entries on the case here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 29, 2016 07:40 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions