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Bedford and Breen v. New Hampshire Technical College System

Victory

Overview

The state of New Hampshire dropped its appeal in this case on May 7, 2007, providing a definitive victory for GLAD and the plaintiffs. The New Hampshire Superior Court ruled on May 3, 2006, that the denial of insurance and leave benefits to the families of two New Hampshire state employees constituted both disparate treatment and disparate impact violations of the New Hampshire law against sexual orientation discrimination in employment.

GLAD had appealed the ruling of the Commission for Human Rights that the complainants were being treated the same as unmarried heterosexual employees and that state law prevented the Commission from considering the employees’ claim that the use of a marriage requirement for benefits is discriminatory.