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Sexual Orientation Employment Discrimination: Westlaw

Westlaw -- Practical Law

Westlaw provides a service called Practical Law, which is designed to help attorneys research faster and with more confidence.  Practical Law is a great resource, because not only does it provide primary sources, but it complements primary sources with legal updates and alerts, multi-jurisdictional guides, checklists and flowcharts, and much more.  Below I have provided more detail on some of the services Practical Law offers.

1.  Practical Law is useful for practitioners, because it organizes information tailored for attorneys.  For example, below is Practical Law's page on Sex Discrimination under Title VII.  The Table of Contents on the left makes it easy to click on a specific issue, and the way it is organized is easy to follow for attorneys (e.g. coverage, definition, theories).  Therefore, attorneys can more quickly and easily  find what they need.

2.  Practical Law provides legal updates and alerts on sexual orientation employment discrimination issues, explaining what you need to know as attorney.  Below are examples of recent articles published by Practical Law.  The legal updates are similar to updates you find on law firm blogs; however, an advantage of Practical Law is it alerts you by e-mail, so you never miss an important legal update.

[[Practical Law Legal Update: Sexual Orientation is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII: EEOC]]

[[Practical Law Legal Update: OFCCP Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Against Federal Contractors]]

3. Practical Law provides multi-jurisdictional guides, allowing attorney to compare sexual orientation employment discrimination law across jurisdictions.  This resource is especially useful, as sexual orientation employment discrimination laws vary.

3. Practical Law provides sample documents and clauses.  For example, below is a sample anti-harassment policy and sample gender transition in the workplace policy.  In-house counsel and management-side employment lawyers can benefit from this feature.



4. Practical Law provides to-do lists and flow charts that are easy to refer to.  To-lists and charts make it easy for attorneys to quickly refresh their recollection on the law, and may even be helpful to clients.