In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in its landmark decision, United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. __ (2013).  DOMA excluded same-sex couples from the definitions of “marriage” and “spouse,” and barred Windsor, a New York widower, from claiming the

In light of a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) communication, employers should review their internal investigation policies to ensure that they do not completely silence employees.  In an August 3, 2012 letter from the EEOC’s field office in Buffalo, New York to an undisclosed employer, the agency warned that the employer’s policy prohibiting