On August 17, 2020, the Eastern District of New York granted the Plaintiffs’ request for a stay and a preliminary injunction precluding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from implementing a recently issued final agency rule that would remove anti-discrimination provisions presently provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for LGBTQ+ patients. (Walker v. Azar, E.D.N.Y., No. 1:20-cv-02834, Order 08/17/20). The Human Rights Campaign challenged the HHS rule on behalf of two transgender women, who sought a nationwide injunction to prevent its implementation. U.S. District Judge Frederic Block granted the request for stay and preliminary injunction the day before the rule was to go into effect.

Click here to read the full GT Alert, “Department of Health and Human Services’ LGBTQ+ Discrimination Rule Blocked by Eastern District of New York.”

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Photo of Tiffany Fordyce Tiffany Fordyce

Tiffany S. Fordyce is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group and Co-Chair of the Chicago Labor & Employment Practice. She concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment. Her employment…

Tiffany S. Fordyce is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group and Co-Chair of the Chicago Labor & Employment Practice. She concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment. Her employment litigation practice includes virtually all types of discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, trade secret misappropriation claims, whistleblower claims, restrictive covenants, Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims and WARN Act claims. Tiffany defends single plaintiff, class action and collective action employment cases. Tiffany represents employers in federal, state and administrative courts, as well as before administrative agencies.

In addition to litigation, Tiffany also presents group and one-on-one employment training seminars. She advises clients on how to avoid litigation by counseling on employment related matters such as managing leave policies, responding to employee performance issues, national and local reductions in force, handbooks, BIPA compliance, drug testing policies, employment and consulting agreements, severance packages, social media policies, proper employee classification, and non-competition and separation agreements. She also is frequently called upon to conduct investigations and audit human resources practices and protocols, including as it relates to pay equity, whistleblower, harassment and discrimination complaints.

Photo of Laura Luisi Laura Luisi

Laura Luisi is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. Laura focuses her practice on defending employers in class action, collective action, and single plaintiff employment matters asserted before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of

Laura Luisi is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. Laura focuses her practice on defending employers in class action, collective action, and single plaintiff employment matters asserted before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).

Laura has experience representing employers and managers in discrimination, retaliation, harassment, trade secret, restrictive covenant, and wage and hour claims arising under various state and federal statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Illinois Whistleblower Act (IWA), Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA), and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA).

In addition, Laura counsels and advises employers on issues related to leaves of absences, sick leave, disciplinary actions, terminations, reductions in force, employee classifications, handbooks, and policies. Laura also creates and negotiates employment, severance and release agreements, and assists employers in traditional labor relations with unions.