“WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a woman’s claim that existing civil rights law protects against sexual orientation discrimination — ruling that only the Supreme Court or Congress can make that the law.
‘Kimberly Hively has failed to state a claim under Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for sex discrimination,’ the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held in its decision in Hively’s appeals. ‘[H]er claim is solely for sexual orientation discrimination which is beyond the scope of the statute.’
In ruling against Hively’s claim — that sexual orientation discrimination should be barred under Title VII as a type of sex discrimination — the court, primarily, pointed to a series of rulings from the appeals court beginning in 1984 and continuing through 2000 in which the court found that anti-LGBT discrimination was not covered by Title VII.”
“According to the World Health Organization, being transgender is a mental illness.
But that could soon change, as the WHO prepares a new edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), its global codebook that influences disease diagnostic manuals worldwide. The current version, ICD-10, was endorsed in 1990, and ICD-11 is due in 2018.”
“OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson will lead a group of states urging a U.S. District Court not to block the federal government’s ability to protect the civil rights of transgender people in a brief to be filed today.
In May, a group of 11 states, led by Texas, asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to issue an injunction blocking federal guidelines that prohibit employers and school districts from discriminating against transgender individuals who seek to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
The lawsuit stems from a directive released in May by the federal government requiring schools and employers to treat transgender people no differently than others ‘of the same gender identity.’”
“As state lawmakers across country have pursued laws to police trans women’s bathroom use, allegedly in the name of protecting cisgender women from sexual assault or being peeked at in stalls, other efforts to compromise women’s privacy have gone unchecked.”