January 26, 2018 / 10:38 PM / in 4 months

1st Circuit says sexual orientation can be 'plus factor' in sex bias cases

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By Daniel Wiessner

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that federal anti-discrimination law extends protections to gay and lesbian workers in cases where they claim they faced discrimination based on both their sexual orientation and sex.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $700,000 jury award for Lori Franchina, a former firefighter in Providence, Rhode Island who claimed she faced persistent harassment and abuse from male colleagues because she is a woman and gay.

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