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Uniformed Military Not Covered by Title VII, D.C. Cir. Says

Feb. 14, 2020, 7:42 PM

A black male Marine Corps veteran can’t sue the Navy Department for alleged discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act because that law doesn’t apply to uniformed service members, the D.C. Circuit held Friday.

The court joined eight other federal appeals courts in ruling on a question it had “never squarely addressed” before. The Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh circuits all previously rejected Title VII coverage for uniformed service members, as distinct from civilian employees of the armed services, “albeit based on varying rationales,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...

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