Thursday, August 04, 2016

District Court Holds Title VII Does Not Cover Sexual Orientation Discrimination

In Matavka v. Board of Education of J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, (N.D. Ill. 2016, Aug. 1, 2016), an Illinois federal district court dismissed a Title VII complaint by a former school employee alleging severe anti-gay harassment from his coworkers and supervisors.  The court indicated that it was required to follow the recent 7th Circuit decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Comt. Coll that held Title VII does not cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (See prior posting.)  However the district judge expressed qualms about that conclusion similar to concerns expressed by two 7th Circuit judges in Hively.  Cook County Record reports on the decision.