- On April 12, 2017
Time to Update Your Employee Handbook?
Sexual Orientation Is Now A Protected Class Under Nondiscrimination Laws
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, overruled decades of its own precedent and expanded federal protection to an entire new class of litigants. Unless overruled by the United States Supreme Court, the law’s prohibition on employment discrimination now states that sexual orientation was found to be a protected class throughout the courts of these states. The appellate court ruling is the first in the nation to hold that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII. While most businesses should already have non-discrimination policies, employers should review their policies and employee handbooks to make sure they are in compliance with this court ruling.
For more information, please call attorneys David P. Buckley, Andrew J. Kelleher, Helmut Gerlach, Ron Kowalczyk or any one of Kelleher & Buckley’s attorneys at (847) 382-9130.