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Cleveland Scene sues Downtown Cleveland Alliance for removing 26 distribution boxes from downtown

Complaint alleges that DCA violated Cleveland Scene's constitutional rights to free speech and due process

Seventh Circuit federal appeals court issues groundbreaking ruling that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit sitting en banc (the entire court) issued a significant decision under Title VII reversing years of circuit precedent. Specifically, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5839 (Apr. 4, 2017), the court held that Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination includes a prohibition on sexual-orientation discrimination. In other words, employers who discriminate on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation violate Title VII. This groundbreaking ruling puts the Seventh Circuit at odds with other circuits, including the Sixth (which oversees Ohio), setting up potential Supreme Court review.

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