A Panel of the Second Circuit Holds It is Constrained by Precedent to Dismiss Title VII Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim

In Christiansen v Omnicom Group, Inc., a panel of the Second Circuit holds that it is contrained to dismiss the plaintiff’s Title VII sexual orientation discrimination claims under the Court’s precedent in Simonton v Runyon, but revives the plaintiff’s gender stereotyping discrimination claim as stating a separate claim from the barred Title VII claims. 

Chief Judge Katzmann writes separately to urge the full Court en banc to overrule or abrogate Simonton and recognize sexual orientation discrimination as protected under Title VII. 

It will be interesting to watch to see if this case will be heard en banc, and if so, whether the Court will overrule its prior precedent.

The Second Circuit’s opinion can be found here.

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