[Legal Memorandum]:The Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Bostock on LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace: Practical Tips for Japanese Companies

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark civil rights decision, holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In this article (PDF link) LLAN member firm Morrison & Foerster discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of providing practical considerations for Japanese companies. The article’s authors include MoFo litigation partners Dan Levison (Singapore) and Yuka Teraguchi (Tokyo), as well as of counsels Wataru Shimizu (Tokyo) and Andrew Turnbull (Northern Virginia), and associate Matt Malone (Palo Alto), of the firm’s Employment + Labor practice group.

Dan, who also serves on the Board of Directors of LLAN, spent more than 12 years in MoFo’s Tokyo office before relocating to Singapore. He serves on MoFo’s global Diversity Strategy Committee and plays a leadership role in the firm’s diversity initiatives, particularly in Asia. According to Dan, “For over 40 years, MoFo has been committed to creating a culture that respects and celebrates differences, while providing an inclusive environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. It is essential to who we are as a firm. This is no less true in Asia, where we strive to promote diversity and inclusion in a manner that is meaningful and relevant to the communities that we serve.”  Yuka also works with Dan and other members of the firm’s Diversity Strategy Committee on promoting D+I programs in Tokyo and across MoFo’s Asia offices.

 MoFo has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment.


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