Shifting Winds on Title VII’s Extension to Sexual Orientation? Zarda v. Altitude Express and the Trump Administration’s Amicus Brief

The Trump Administration has weighed in as to whether Title VII’s employment discrimination protections extend to sexual orientation claims, with a resounding “No.”  Through its amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the pending federal appeals case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that employment-related sexual orientation discrimination claims do not fall within Title VII’s purview.  

Freedom Path Ruling: A Step Backward for Nonprofits’ First Amendment Freedom

A Texas federal trial court recently rejected Freedom Path’s challenge to the IRS’s multi-factor “facts and circumstances” test for a nonprofit’s politically-tinged advocacy speech as not unconstitutionally too vague or otherwise legally problematic.  The court’s adverse decision deals a setback for free speech interests affected by the IRS’s constitutionally dubious test, as contained in its Revenue Ruling 2004-6.

The Road Thus Far

Social Club Q & A: Section 501(c)(7) Tax-Exempt Organizations

Social clubs have long served as a defining characteristic of American society. While the nature of the hobbies, recreational interests, and other ties that inspire people to bond together continues to change significantly, the social club itself remains.  For people wishing to join with others and carry out shared interests in an organized way, the group should understand the tax benefits afforded social clubs.  Specifically, Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code provides an exemption from federal income tax if certain requirements are met.

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