Debra Katz Comments on Biggest Employment Cases in First Half of 2017

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in an article in Law360 titled “The Biggest Employment Cases in the First Half of 2017.” The article provides summaries and legal commentary on four closely watched employment matters that have the potential to send ripples throughout the legal industry.  

Katz provided comment on the matter Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, which involves a professor’s allegations that her employer, Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, discriminated against her because she is a lesbian. At issue was whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act can apply, despite not explicitly citing sexual orientation as a protected class. Ultimately, the Seventh Circuit overturned existing precedent (that Title VII does not apply to sexual orientation discrimination) en banc.

In her comments, Katz said, ““I think this is a direction the courts have been going into. The [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] has been bringing these cases, and the world has shifted, I think, since same-sex marriage.”

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