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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Not Protected Classes under Title VII … Or Are They?


Are you handling complaints appropriately?

If an employee reports a complaint of sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination are you dealing with the complaint as you would any other complaint under Title VII? You should be. This white paper reviews the need to keep employee handbooks and policies up-to-date with concerns surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, as well as how to implement these policies.



Danielle M. Vugrinovich

Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin

Danielle M. Vugrinovich is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh, PA office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Colemean & Goggin. Danielle concentrates a portion of her practice in the area of employment law relative to public and private entities. She has litigated federal claims brought pursuant to Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as pendant state law claims for whistleblower activities and violations of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Danielle also has experience litigating employment cases at the administrative level before both the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

In addition, Danielle regularly defends police officers, municipal officials and municipalities in claims for alleged Section 1983 civil rights violations including excessive use of force, false arrest and unreasonable search and seizure.

Further, a fair amount of her practice includes litigating Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims brought by debtors against the collectors assigned to recover the debt. She also defends collectors in suits alleging claims for the violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

As well, Danielle defends insurance agents in claims for professional negligence relating to their assistance obtaining coverage for insureds for various types of insurance policies. She also represents real estate agents when sued for claims for alleged negligence, mispresentation and failures to disclosure certain conditions of the property.

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