In 2014, Time magazine declared that the U.S. was approaching a “Transgender Tipping Point”—ushering in what many have identified as an unparalleled advance towards trans rights. Despite increased media coverage of trans issues, trans Americans continue to face considerable barriers to full participation in American society. Join attorneys Jillian Weiss and Ezra Young as they examine the evolving landscape of trans civil rights in the US.
I. Recognize discrete forms of anti-transgender bias
II. Understand the evolving landscape of trans civil rights protections in Public Accommodations, Employment, Healthcare, Education, Criminal Justice, and Immigration/Naturalization
III. Identify key “cases to watch” which demonstrate the trajectory of trans rights litigation in the U.S.
Jillian T. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor with three decades of legal experience. Jillian has a powerful track record of fighting for the rights of transgender people in the workplace. Her cases have resulted in landmark settlements and rulings increasing protections for transgender employees and sending an unmistakable message that employment bias will not be tolerated. She is also one of the nation’s preeminent transgender discrimination scholars who keenly understands the power of the courts and progressive government in achieving transgender equality under the law.
Prior to her appointment, Weiss was a tenured Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey and the founder of the Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss P.C. She has a Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, as well as a B.A. in Classics from Yeshiva University. Among her milestone cases are Jamal v. Saks & Co., an employment discrimination case against Saks Fifth Avenue, and Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales, LLC, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a transgender woman may take her employment discrimination case against a Georgia auto sales company to trial.
In 2014, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chose her client’s case as the first of two to be litigated by the Commission on behalf of a transgender employee. EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic, PA, resulted in a six-figure settlement. The Department of Justice followed suit in March 2015, in the case of US v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, which is pending in an Oklahoma federal court. In addition, Weiss and the EEOC brought a transgender employment discrimination lawsuit against Deluxe Financial Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest check-printing companies. The suit resulted in a large settlement and sweeping workplace policy changes at the company.
Jillian is a past board member of Lambda Legal, has been Chair of the annual Trans Law Symposium, and has consulted with private and public organizations regarding gender identity policy and employee gender transitions, including Harvard University, Boeing and New York City.
Jillian is committed to dismantling the systemic discrimination that inordinately burdens trans people, particularly people of color and others caught at the intersection of multiple forms of prejudice, such as race, class and gender bias.
Ezra is TLDEF’s Director of Impact Litigation. His work centers on trans rights, with a focus on rights of recognition, employment protections, and health care and insurance coverage issues.
Ezra has represented trans clients in several ground-breaking Title VII cases, including: Jamal v. Saks, Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales, EEOC v. Deluxe Financial Services, EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic, and United States et al. v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University et al.. Ezra has also represented trans clients in administrative actions across the country, including appeals cases seeking coverage for transition related medical care. In early 2016, Ezra won an appeals case before the Medicare Appeals Council, the first case in which the Council ordered a health plan to cover vaginal reconstruction surgery for a transgender woman.
Ezra received a BA in Philosophy from Cornell University. Ezra received his JD from Columbia Law School. While in law school, Ezra was Executive Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and Online & Consulting Editor of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law.
Ezra served as Post Doctoral Scholar at Columbia Law School from 2012 to 2014, focussing on trans rights, critical race theory, and intersectionality; Ezra’s studies were supervised by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Concurrently, Ezra served as research director of the Columbia Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and legal director of the African American Policy Forum.
Prior to joining TLDEF, Ezra was an associate at the Law Firm of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C.
Really good presentation - Ezra is a great presenter. Covered lots of areas in a short amount of time. Thanks
Great presenters and informative classs
Very good course
One of the best programs. Organized. Concise. And human
very good overview. covered a number of areas.
What a super informative class - not only legally, but also to educate the viewer generally on the topic and the terminology.
This was my first class in this subject area and I particularly appreciated all the time the presenters took to familiarize the audience with appropriate terminology
Really excellent presentation.
Effective presenters and program
This is a very interesting and informative course that provides relevant insight into this growing area of law.
I learned allot from this course. It increased my understanding of discrimination faced by the Trans community; as well as the multi-faceted legal issues encountered by Trans persons across the legal landscape. Thank you.
Excellent course. Very thorough.
Great course, clearly presented. Excellent written materials.
Number of new ideas.
Really good and informative, speakers were engaging, and I paid attention for the whole 90 minutes!
Interesting presentation about a relevant area of law.
One of the most substantive courses I've taken on lawline.
Controversial subject -- well presented material -- very good delivery. I was impressed.
Great speakers and topic! I especially liked the analysis of the interplay between state and local laws, as well as state vs federal laws.
The speakers were extremely knowledgeable . The presentation was extremely well organized and cogent. I would like to see an updated program on this changing legal topic.
Excellent and informative lecture. I learned a lot. Needs to be updated, though, to reflect changes since Trump election
The course was very informative.
Enjoyable and informative presentation.
Great presentation on an important topic.
excellent presenters & breadth of subject matter
This was the best program I have done yet. A very sensitive topic covered with grace. Thank you!
The information was very specialized but nevertheless informative.
Awesome course! The faculty were high in knowledge!
I have never had an associate as sharp as Ezra, and I have had some great ones in my 20 plus years as a partner in BigLaw. Well don
This video was very informative and helped explain the cutting edge legal theories that have been successful concerning different transgender issues. Also, after watching the video I have decided that I will be looking into how transgender persons should be housed in prison facilities.
Great program! Best in my CLE section this year
Excellent presentation and discussion. Would do it again.
Excellent format and program, thank you.
Excellent Presenters and Program!
Excellent program with a timely and important topic
Best LawLine course so far! Appreciate all the extensive course materials. Thanks
Excellent overview - the categories were appropriate and well defined.
Great program. Fascinating stuff.
Fascinating material. Clearly presented. Engaging manner.
Really interesting course.
Very clear and comprehensive presentation - thank you.
Appreciated the clarification in terminology.
Very interesting topic.
very effective and thorough examination of this emerging issu
OUTSTANDING!!! One of the best courses I've taken over the years if not the best.
Excellent two person panel dicussion of cutting edge legal issues
Thank you for covering such an important topic. Please provide updates as this landscape is changing quickly.
A great overview of this emerging set of legal dynamics
Excellent course, very well presented
Top notch speakers and program.
The written materials included are ample and interesting. The speakers are very passionate about this area and I found some issues raised that I had not previously considered. Highly recommended.
This presenter was fantastic. The subject matter was interesting and he presented it in such a good way. Easy to understand and to stay interested.
Interesting subject matter and I'm curious to see how this issue brings the whole gender equality issue to constitutionally valid solutions. Thanks