Content Filed Under: Federal Appellate Courts

Cases and decisions occurring in federal appellate courts.

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Federal Judge in Maryland Rules for Transgender Students’ Dignity and Against School’s Discriminatory Policy

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2018, 1:48 pm "I am extremely happy with the court’s decision, and think it is a great step in the right direction."
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Groundbreaking Victory in the 6th Circuit Against Anti-Transgender Employment Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • March 7, 2018, 1:27 pm The panel ruled that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) does not grant employers an exemption from Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.
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Today: 7th Circuit Hears Argument in Case of Lesbian Senior Who Endured Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 6, 2018, 12:27 pm Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is hearing oral argument in the case of a lesbian senior suing the Glen St. Andrew Living Community for failing to protect her from anti-LGBTQ harassment and discrimination.
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First Circuit Court Advances Protections from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

By Shane Stahl • January 29, 2018, 1:34 pm On Thursday, January 25, the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $700,000 jury award settlement for an openly lesbian firefighter, Lori Franchina.
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The Blows Keep Coming: Third Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • December 11, 2017, 7:54 pm These rulings are a reflection of the climate that the entire LGBTQ movement have created in the public sphere. The country is growing to understand and support transgender Americans, and that growing support has never been more evident in the immense and overwhelming response to President Trump's reckless ban. 
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Federal Judge Denies White House Attempt to Delay Transgender Americans from Enlisting in U.S. Military

By Adam Polaski • December 11, 2017, 2:24 pm Today, December 11, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in Doe v. Trump that transgender Americans must be allowed to enlist in the United States military beginning January 1. The Pentagon had requested a stay in the judge's previous ruling blocking President Trump's anti-transgender military ban, and this order today denies that stay. 
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For the Second Time This Month, Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • November 21, 2017, 3:06 pm Today, November 21, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis granted a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs who brought forward a lawsuit with the ACLU, Stone v. Trump, against President Donald Trump's policy prohibiting open military service for transgender Americans.
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Case Against Trump’s Military Ban Will Proceed Even With Preliminary Injunction in Effect

By Shane Stahl • November 13, 2017, 3:02 pm On Saturday November 11, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the case of Karnoski v. Trump, a challenge to the President’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. The Trump administration sought a stay in the case (delaying it from moving forward) due to a similar injunction in the case of Doe v. Trump.
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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • October 30, 2017, 1:14 pm Today a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in Doe v. Trump, temporarily halting the ban on open military service for transgender people.
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In November, Judges Coast to Coast Will Consider Trump’s Unpatriotic Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • October 23, 2017, 10:31 am November will be a busy month for the Trump Administration, which will be required in courtrooms coast to coast to defend the unpatriotic, indefensible ban on open service for transgender Americans
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TODAY: 6th Circuit Considers Whether Employers Can Claim Religious Exemption to Employment Non-Discrimination Law

By Adam Polaski • October 4, 2017, 9:31 am Today, October 4, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio will consider oral argument in the case of EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, a case concerning employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
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PHOTOS: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Argument in Major Employment Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • September 27, 2017, 4:17 pm Notably, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) presented arguments on opposing sides, in a rare split between two federal government agencies over the same issue.
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TODAY: Jeff Sessions’ DOJ Urges Federal Appellate Court to Reject LGBTQ Protections

By Angela Dallara • September 25, 2017, 1:19 pm FFAA looks forward to oral argument tomorrow and continuing to update our supporters about developments in this important case.
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Six Times Courts Ruled That Anti-LGBTQ Religious Refusal Policies Are Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • September 8, 2017, 1:01 am Take a look below at six significant legal victories in cases where opponents of LGBTQ equality failed to succeed in their efforts to create a carveout from a non-discrimination law.

Sister of Man Who Faced Employment Discrimination Continues Her Brother’s Legal Challenge After His Death

August 29, 2017, 4:50 pm Melissa Zarda's brother Don was a committed worker and a talented skydiver – but when he openly discussed his sexual orientation, he was fired. He sued, but in the middle of his lawsuit he tragically passed away – and now Melissa is carrying the case forward in what could be a landmark ruling.