Washington State Enacts New Protections for Pregnant Employees

Last week Governor Inslee signed into law the “Healthy Starts Act,” which is aimed at promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and newborns.  The law includes new protections for pregnant workers. Starting on July 23, 2017, it is an unfair business practice for any employer with 15 or more employees to: Fail or refuse to… Continue reading Washington State Enacts New Protections for Pregnant Employees

Title VII and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Since July 2015, the EEOC has taken the position that Title VII forbids “any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation” and that the protections provided by Title VII “apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.” This spring, the issue has been addressed by three different Courts of Appeals: the Eleventh,… Continue reading Title VII and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation