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July 19, 2017, 4:00 PM

Phillips 66 Revoked Job Offer to Transgender Woman, Suit Says

Jay-Anne B. Casuga
Jay-Anne B. Casuga

Phillips 66 violated federal discrimination law when it rescinded a job offer after learning the applicant transitioned years earlier from male to female, a lawsuit alleges (Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Co., S.D. Tex., No. 17-02188, complaint filed 7/17/17).

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn’t expressly prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status. The sexual orientation issue in particular has been hotly contested of late in federal courts and is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

By contrast, whether Title VII protects against transgender discrimination is arguably more settled, attorney Alfonso ...

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