SCOTUS Holds That Title VII’s Prohibition on Sex-Based Discrimination Also Prevents Discrimination Against Homosexual and Transgender People

Matt Marriott and Latasia Fields

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States published an opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County resolving the dispute among the Courts of Appeals over the scope of Title VII’s protections for homosexual and transgender persons. In the 6-3 decision, the Court held Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against an…

Unmasking the Confusion: COVID-19 – Are Employees Required to Wear Masks?

Chris Stipes, Natalia Isenberg and Jennifer Milak

In light of North Carolina entering “Phase 1” of lifting its COVID-19 restrictions, this article addresses issues involving employer requirements and employee use of facemasks, respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (“PPE”). Current Guidance Here is what our government agencies are recommending. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) The EEOC released guidance that indicates an…

Employment Law: COVID-19 Question of the Week 4

Jennifer Milak and Julia Hooten

Question: When an employee returns to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty? Answer: According to the EEOC’s March 2020 published guidance, yes. However, practically, as healthcare providers’ time and resources become limited, such requirements may pose real practical problems. For questions or…