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Friday, October 29, 2004

Are New Protected Classes Emerging? A Provocative (and Important) Question

Today's Daily Labor Report ($) has a good article about developing trends to provide protection for groups that have generally been thought to NOT be protected under civil rights laws. The three groups where at least some case law can be found to support their protection under certain circumstances? homosexuals, transgendered and mothers. If you have a subscription to the DLR, be sure and check out, Are New Protected Classes Emerging (BNA DLR 10/29/04). The case law is by no means clear, but it is apparent that at least some inroads are being made in some courthouses. More to add to an employer's already overloaded plate.

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