Sexual Orientation Harassment

In July 2015, the EEOC ruled that a complaint alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation in violation of Title VII is within the EEOC’s jurisdiction (Baldwin v. Foxx, Appeal No. 0120133080 (7/15/15)).

The EEOC noted that Title VII prohibits employers from relying on sex-based considerations when taking employment action and that there is an “inescapable link” between allegations of sexual orientation discrimination and sex discrimination. The EEOC concluded that claims of sexual orientation discrimination should be treated as complaints of sex discrimination under Title VII.