USA: Court rules gay employee can sue employer for discrimination based on sexual stereotyping

Author: Larry Neumeister, AP (USA), Published on: 28 March 2017

"Court reinstates gender discrimination lawsuit in NY", 27 Mar 2017

A creative director in the advertising industry who claimed his employer discriminated against him because he failed to conform to gender stereotypes can sue his employer...The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...reversed a lower court judge, reviving Matthew Christiansen's lawsuit against Omnicom Group Inc. and drawing fresh scrutiny to the boundaries for defining gender discrimination claims...Christiansen's lawsuit alleged he was discriminated against because he was HIV-positive and because he failed to conform to gender stereotypes...In a concurring opinion, 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann said his court should consider re-examining the precedent that sexual orientation discrimination claims are not recognizable..."Carving out gender stereotypes related to sexual orientation ignores the fact that negative views of sexual orientation are often, if not always, rooted in the idea that men should be exclusively attracted to women and women should be exclusively attracted to men..." Katzmann wrote...Messages left with lawyers for Omnicom were not immediately returned Monday...

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