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Guest research seminar: Sex discrimination in the workplace: comparative perspective

On behalf of the Gender Research Network and the Human Rights and Democracy Forum, we are delighted to invite you to a research seminar on 11 May, entitled ‘Do U.S. federal protections against sex discrimination in the workplace include discrimination against homosexuals, transsexuals, and/or transgender persons? Comparing current U.S. law with U.K. and E.U. law’ Our guest speaker is Carol Daugherty Rasnic, Prof. em. of Labor and International Law, Virginia Commonwealth University USA and Adjunct Professor of law, Regent University School of Law, Virginia USA, Visiting Professor of Law University of Warwick (April-June, 2018) In 2013 and 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court validated homosexual marriages. What might this mean for anti-workplace sex discrimination? The 2015 decision had an immediate effect on 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act coverage. Whether Congress had intended that sex discrimination included homo- or trans-sexual discrimination has split the federal courts. Only one trial level court has found coverage is included, and in January, 2018, the First Circuit Court became the first appellate court to so hold. Some comparative remarks will address British and EU law.

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