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Pending State Bills Propose to Limit The Ability of Transgender Student-Athletes to Compete

Several states have introduced legislation to require transgender student-athletes at the elementary and secondary school levels to compete only in their sex assigned at birth, not based on their gender identity. While more than a third of states allow transgender students to compete on teams based on their gender identity, legislators in several states (including...… Continue Reading The post Pending State Bills Propose to Limit The Ability of Transgender Student-Athletes to Compete appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
January 13, 2020

California Adds ‘Transgender,’ ‘Gender Nonconforming Individuals’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

Employers subject to California’s mandatory sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to ensure their programs include prevention of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation following an amendment (SB 396) to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 396 into law....… Continue Reading The post California Adds ‘Transgender,’ ‘Gender Nonconforming Individuals’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
October 30, 2017

Transgender Locker Room Policy Eludes School District Facing Government Sanctions Under Title IX

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held. The OCR released its findings on … Continue Reading
November 22, 2015

Defeating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination on the Field

While Jason Collins, the first male professional athlete currently playing on a U.S. sports team to announce he is gay, may have received overwhelming public support, Collins’s personal journey was no doubt a difficult one.  Similarly, NCAA basketball player Brittney Griner recently acknowledged she is gay and discussed her experiences being bullied as a child.  … Continue reading Defeating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination on the Field
May 10, 2013