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Unless you were completely ignoring the news over the past couple of weeks, it was difficult to miss the debate spurred by the religious freedom bills that were passed in both Indiana and Arkansas. This nationwide debate refocused attention on what many people believe to be pervasive discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this debate was ongoing, many people (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) were surprised to learn that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected classifications under federal and many state anti-discrimination statutes. Congress now appears poised to address this issue head-on.

Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I – VT) recently joined fourteen (14) other Senators as cosponsors of the Fair Employment Protection Act of 2014. The intent of this legislation, which was introduced in the Senate on March 13, 2014, is to change the standard for holding employers vicariously liable for claims brought under federal antidiscrimination statues; an identical piece of legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on ...

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