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Sixth Circuit: Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Transgender and/or Transitioning Status

Less than one week after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its own landmark Title VII … Read more

Virginia School Board Votes to Return Ten Commandments Displays to Schools

Setting up a constitutional showdown about the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, the Giles County School Board unanimously voted to return displays of the Ten Commandments previously removed from its schools. One month earlier, the district had removed … Read more

Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Requiring School District to Readmit Student

A federal district court judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring school officials to readmit a student who had been suspended for wearing a nose stud that she says is part of her religion. The student is a … Read more

Graduation Ceremony Does Not Violate Establishment Clause: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

A federal district court in Wisconsin has ruled that a school district did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by holding high school graduation ceremonies at a local church. The court was not persuaded that “obligatory participation … Read more

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Issues Preliminary Injunction Barring Student-Led Prayer At High School Graduation Ceremony

On April 30, 2010, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a preliminary injunction barring a student-led prayer at a high school graduation ceremony. The lawsuit against the school district was brought by the ACLU … Read more