(Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 1, 2016) – Today Lambda Legal argued in federal district court that the Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh should immediately suspend enforcement of a discriminatory policy that singles out transgender students and prevents them from using restrooms that match who they are. The school’s new rule – which reversed a longstanding, effective and inclusive restroom practice in the district – has sparked outrage nationwide and led three transgender students to file a lawsuit against the school district in federal court last month.
(Chicago, IL, November 30, 2016) – Today, the full 11-member Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of Lambda Legal client, Kimberly Hively, a lesbian math teacher who was repeatedly denied promotions and ultimately fired from her job after it became known that she was a lesbian. The case, Hivelyv. Ivy Tech Community College, has potential to change the landscape and protect LGBT employees across the country.
(Austin, TX, November 29, 2016) – Lambda Legal today announced it will seek to join a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against a Texas nursing facility that fired an employee after he disclosed he was living with HIV. Lambda Legal represented the employee, Michael Janssen, a certified nursing assistant, in his original complaint filed with the EEOC against Granite Mesa Health Center in Marble Falls, Texas. The EEOC issued a probable cause determination in August, 2015.
(New York, November 23, 2016) —Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Yvette Brown, a Black woman who was subjected to discriminatory treatment by a Westchester dentist, Dr. Benjamin Kur, because of her HIV status.
(Denver, CO, November 22, 2016) – A District Court today ruled that the U.S. State Department violated federal law when it denied a passport to Lambda Legal client Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the application form, which does not provide any other gender marker designation.
“Every state should ensure that all families have access to the same rights and protections. Making sure all children born to married same-sex couples have accurate birth certificates is a critical place to start."
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a case brought by the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia that adopted a discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and bars high school senior Gavin Grimm from using the restroom that matches his gender.
Equality Florida and Lambda Legal join Florida child welfare advocates in applauding the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for adopting final rules that protect the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth in group home care in Florida. The final rules, which go into effect today, prohibit harassment and discrimination on account of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, guarantee fairness in the delivery of services, and ban the debunked and dangerous practice of conversion therapy in group homes.
(Pittsburgh, PA, October 20, 2016) — Today, Lambda Legal filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in federal court to immediately halt a discriminatory policy passed by the Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh, which singles out transgender students and prevents them from using restrooms that match who they are. The school’s new rule – which reversed a longstanding, effective and inclusive bathroom policy – has sparked outrage nationwide and led three transgender students to file a lawsuit against the school district in federal court this month.