US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination


ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Gay City News | November 12, 2015

At last, a federal district judge has expressly relied on the July 15 ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sexual orientation discrimination claims can be brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

US District Judge Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama, ruling on October 29, rejected the recommendation of a federal magistrate judge that a sexual orientation discrimination complaint under Title VII be dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Thompson determined that the EEOC was correct when it ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII.

Unfortunately, that conclusion did no good for the plaintiff, Roger Isaacs, because the court found that his factual allegations included neither direct nor indirect evidence of discriminatory intent in his firing or his treatment by his employer.

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