Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., as amended, provides protection to employees from illegal discrimination and retaliation in the workplace on the basis of, among other protected categories, “gender” or “sex.” For decades, the Circuit Courts have all uniformly held that protection on the basis of sex under Title VII does not encompass sexual orientation discrimination claims, thereby preventing LGBT employees from mounting successful Title VII gender-related claims to remedy homophobia in the workplace. However, recent developments at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and in reported cases at the district and circuit court level suggest that the courts may be re-thinking the narrow view of gender that has informed federal case law on this issue for so long.
This course, presented by Daniela
The cases to be discussed will include Hively v. Ivy Tech. Community College, a sexual orientation case that was dismissed by a three-member panel of the Fourth Circuit, which the Seventh Circuit then
Daniela Nanau, principal attorney at the Law Office of Daniela Nanau, P.C., is an employment and civil rights lawyer based in New York City. She litigates individual cases, as well as collective and class actions, on behalf of employees who have experienced discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and wage and hour violations. She also has significant experience representing students and tenants in federal actions involving racial and sexual harassment. Ms. Nanau earned her B. A. from Reed College and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Daniela is a Board member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, New York Chapter, the largest America bar organization focused on the practice of plaintiff-side employment law and provides pro bono representation to individuals at El Centro de Educación de Trabajadores, a community center serving immigrants in Hell’s Kitchen.
Before law school, Ms. Nanau served as a paralegal in the White House Counsel’s Office and as the Associate Director of Research for the First Lady during the Clinton Administration. She also worked for several members of Congress in policy-related positions. Notable cases include
Daniela Nanau is an excellent presenter. Very clear and easy to follow.
Practical and helpful
Very organized; information-dense. Very good presenter. Much better than the last course I took.
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