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LATEST NEWS AND STORIES

  • USA Pageant Winners Give Up Crown, Leading To Questions About Organization

    Miss USA Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava made headlines when they gave up their crowns within a few days of each other. Miss USA's public notice on Instagram did not specify why. She hinted at it, though, asserting she strongly values making decisions to prioritize her mental health and to advocate for herself. Then, Miss Teen USA announced her resignation, stating her "personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization."

  • Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Affirm Healthcare Must Cover Gender-Affirming Care

    In Lange v. Houston County, Georgia, Anna Lange worked for the county sheriff. Assigned as male at birth, Lange was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition caused by “the incongruence between one’s gender identity and their sex assigned at birth.” Her doctor prescribed gender-affirming surgery. However, Houston County's health plan denied coverage for Lange's planned surgery to match her body to her gender identity. The plan excluded "[d]rugs for sex change surgery" and "'[s]ervices and supplies for a sex change and/or the reversal of a sex change.” Two courts pushed back.

  • Eighteen Republican States Try To Block EEOC’s Transgender Protections

    The EEOC issued workplace guidance in April to structure its enforcement activities. The revised guidance follows the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing that discrimination against gay and transgender workers is sex-based bias. Under the guidance, the EEOC may take action when employers do not use transgender workers' preferred pronouns and preclude workers from using bathrooms matching their gender identity. Employers must take affirmative steps to accommodate transgender workers. Eighteen states assert the EEOC has gone beyond its authority and federal law requirements by directing employers to accommodate transgender employees.

  • Sixth Circuit Offers Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation Notice

    In an unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals considered what constitutes a request for reasonable accommodation. It noted there is no "bright-line rule" for determining whether an employee has requested an accommodation. Employers must draw reasonable inferences from information shared by employees.

  • Workers Take Action Over Return to the Office Policies

    According to The Washington Post, more employees are taking their fight for remote work to court and federal labor agencies such as the NLRB and the EEOC. Some companies have taken a hard line and require employees to come into the office either full-time or on a hybrid schedule. Workers assert these mandates can be "unjust, discriminate against people with disabilities, and are retaliatory actions against unionization efforts."

  • FDIC Workplace Report Reveals Harassment, Discrimination, and Abuse

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, an independent federal agency, is the subject of a 234-page report on its workplace. The FDIC hired Cleary Gottlieb to investigate its culture after the Wall Street Journal published a report on widespread misconduct. The law firm interviewed around 500 out of the FDIC's 6,000 employees. In its report, the firm recommends new systems to protect employees, including a new hire to monitor the workplace, more training on workplace behavior, and better reporting avenues for employees.

  • EEOC Updates Federal Workplace Guidelines on Pronouns, Bathrooms, and Abortions

    The EEOC has issued new guidance on workplace harassment for the first time in 25 years. Its update follows the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that anti-bias laws include protections for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Newsweek’s List of Best Workplaces for Mental Health

    Newsweek worked with data researcher Plant-A to learn which U.S. workplaces best support their employees' mental health. Plant-A said companies with high mental wellbeing ratings are “three times more likely than companies with low ratings to have a management that is consistent and loyal toward their employees and a climate of trust and transparency, to encourage critical thinking and feedback, to support a healthy work-life balance, and to fairly and evenly balance workloads.”

  • Judge Rejects Law Firm’s Request To Withdraw From Trump Discrimination Suit

    Former campaign communications advisor A.J. Delgado is suing Donald Trump for pregnancy discrimination. She alleges Trump campaign officials took away her job responsibilities as advisor and director of Hispanic outreach and prevented her from taking a job in the White House after sharing that she was pregnant and senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller was the father.