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Transgender Status Protection Under Title VII

Since the Trump administration has taken office it has reversed many Obama-era policies. One policy that is of particular interest in the employment realm is whether Title VII’s prohibition on workplace discrimination based on sex includes gender identity/orientation discrimination. With the DOJ and EEOC taking opposing views on the issue the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide the issue.

Key Objectives:

  1. The current meaning and protection given under Title VII's "because of sex" provision.
  2. The background and significant facts surrounding the three cases that are at the supreme court or have been appealed to the supreme court that deal with transgender/sexual orientation protection.
  3. The likely outcome and impact the decisions in these case will have on employers and HR professionals (if the case(s) are decided before this event then this objective will focus on the actual impact of the decision to employers/HR professionals)

Joe Kraska

Associate Attorney at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus

Joe Kraska is an associate attorney at CGWG and his practice focuses on labor relations and employment law. Originally from Minnesota, Joe served on active duty in the United States Air Force for nearly ten years. Since 2013, he has been serving part-time in the Arkansas Air National Guard where he was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Joe received his undergraduate degree with honors in political science from the American Military University and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review and President of the Bowen Student Veterans Organization.

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Date: Thu, September 26, 2019 | 10:00-11:15 amFri, September 27, 2019 | 9:30-10:45 am

Location: Robinson Center Ballroom