EEOC sexual orientation lawsuit settles for $200K plus

As I've previously reported, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed two lawsuits alleging that employers discriminated against employees based on sexual orientation, which the Commission says is prohibited by Title VII.

One of the lawsuits, filed against Pallet Companies/IFCO Systems, settled this week for $202,200. The former employee will receive $182,200, and the remainder will be donated to the Workplace Equality Program of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. In addition, the Baltimore-based employer will be required to provide training developed by an expert on LGBT issues and will be under a two-year consent decree, among other things.

The EEOC's lawsuit alleged that the employee, a lesbian, was harassed because of her sexual orientation and then was fired when she complained.

I do hope that the EEOC's other lawsuit, against Scott Medical Health Center, goes to summary judgment or trial. I'd like to know whether the courts agree with the EEOC that sexual orientation discrimination is "sex discrimination" prohibited by Title VII. I remain skeptical.

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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