2/15/2020 0 Comments
James Gibbons (he/him)
Three huge cases are hitting the high court this month that threaten to demolish our Title VII protections. Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County concern the legal rights employers have to fire someone over their sexual orientation, while R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is about the unjustified termination of a trans woman. The plaintiffs in all three cases argue that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- which bars discrimination against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion -- also protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The employers cite religious reasons for the firings, as well as arguing that the text of Title VII does not explicitly include protections for LGBTQ+ employees.