Trump’s Muslim Ban Reaches SCOTUS

By Bryce Watchell (PO ’21) Throughout his presidential campaign and administration, President Trump’s agenda has frequently featured anti-Islam rhetoric, which manifested itself in a “Muslim ban,” later renamed a “travel ban.” Following his initial mention of the ban, lawyers, judges, and politicians from across the political spectrum rejected the proposal on the constitutional basis of…

Zarda v. Altitude Express: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Protect Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual-Orientation?

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) On Monday, February 26th, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Zarda v. Altitude Express. The case resurrected an increasingly-pressing legal question: does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act—which explicitly encompasses protections against employer discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin—also implicitly protect…