Content Filed Under: Federal Appellate Courts

Cases and decisions occurring in federal appellate courts.

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6th Circuit Schedules Argument in Case Where Judge Justified Anti-Transgender Discrimination Under Federal RFRA

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2017, 9:15 am The case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, is based out of Michigan and was filed on behalf of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013, weeks after transitioning. 

By Continuing Landmark Title VII Fight, Texas Man Looks to Cement Former Partner’s Legacy

August 18, 2017, 12:32 pm Don's case has dragged on for more than six years now in court – and after all of this time, his loved ones want nothing more than to see justice for Don – and for the thousands of Americans discriminated against each year because of their sexual orientation.
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5th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses HB1523 Case Despite Deep Harms to Mississippi LGBT Community

By Adam Polaski • June 22, 2017, 12:06 pm The three-judge panel today found that the plaintiffs in the case lack legal standing to officially challenge the law and that the lower court ruling, a stunning and powerful rebuke to anti-LGBT religious exemptions, should be reversed and the case dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
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Historic: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dignity for Transgender Student

By Adam Polaski • May 30, 2017, 3:31 pm In the ruling, a 3-judge panel of the federal appellate court affirmed that the school district must allow Ashton Whitaker, a transgender boy in Wisconsin, to use the boys' restroom.
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Legal Momentum: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Will Rehear Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • May 25, 2017, 3:03 pm Today, May 25 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit granted a request to consider en banc (the full court) a case concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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In Historic First, Federal Judge Rules Transgender Person Can Pursue Discrimination Claim Under Americans With Disabilities Act

By Adam Polaski • May 19, 2017, 9:41 am The judge recognized gender dysphoria as a medical condition, and his order details that its specific exclusion from the Americans with Disabilities Act (gender dysphoria is one of about a dozen medical conditions exempted from the ADA) is unfair.
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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Fired Gay Man, Citing 2nd Circuit Concurrence & 7th Circuit Ruling

By Adam Polaski • May 8, 2017, 11:45 am "The law with respect to this legal question is clearly in a state of flux, and the Second Circuit, or perhaps the Supreme Court, may return to this question soon. In light of the evolving state of the law, dismissal of plaintiff's Title VII claim is improper."
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Members of Congress Urge Full 11th Circuit to Rehear Anti-Gay Discrimination Case

By Adam Polaski • April 14, 2017, 12:02 pm "We firmly believe that Title VII’s sex discrimination provision already prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity."
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4th Circuit Judge Pens Powerful Tribute to Gavin Grimm, Young Hero in Transgender Equality Movement

By Adam Polaski • April 7, 2017, 4:19 pm Judge Davis today penned a moving tribute to Gavin Grimm and contextualized his role in the fight for equal treatment for all Americans.
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Momentum: For the First Time, Federal Judge Finds Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Violation of Fair Housing Act

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 2:40 pm In less than twenty-four hours, two federal courts in two different states issued landmark, first-of-their-kind rulings finding that federal law prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
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HISTORIC: Why the 7th Circuit Ruling Declaring Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Illegal is So Important

By Adam Polaski • April 5, 2017, 9:03 am Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a historic en banc ruling in favor of Kimberly Hively, a math teacher who was fired from her job in Indiana because she was seen kissing her girlfriend.
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What You Need to Know About Mississippi’s HB1523, Considered by 5th Circuit Today

By Adam Polaski • April 3, 2017, 12:57 pm On April 3rd, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals in Lubbock, Texas will hear arguments on Mississippi’s HB 1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBT religious exemption law.
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7th Circuit Panel Presses School District Hard on Anti-Transgender Restroom Policy

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2017, 5:47 pm The hearing today was on a preliminary injunction issued by a district court judge in 2016, which permitted the boy, Ashton Whitaker, to use the boys' room.
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In Positive Ruling, 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

By Adam Polaski • March 27, 2017, 3:44 pm Today a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, a case featuring a gay man suing for employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping.
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In Powerful Dissent, 11th Circuit Judge Explains Why Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

By Adam Polaski • March 13, 2017, 1:32 pm On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled against Jameka Evans, Lambda Legal's client in a case where Evans was fired by her employer for being a lesbian.