Monday, 14 October, 2019

Protesters Rally for LGBTQ Workplace Protection in Front of Supreme Court

Editorial: LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace shouldn’t be up for debate Supreme Court Title VII cases will be argued tomorrow October 8
Robin Buchanan | 09 October, 2019, 02:55

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether sexual orientation and gender identity are categories protected by the Civil Rights act of 1964.

Unlike his predecessor, former Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh's stance on LGBT rights is hazy-and if his record is anything to go by, he may not be partial to gay rights' advocates; image by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.The Trump administration is backing the state.

The justices are expected to release their opinion in early 2020.

A ruling for workers who had been fired due to their sexual orientation or gender id would have a big effect throughout the nation as a result of most states don't defend LGBT individuals from office discrimination.

During the Obama years, the EEOC had changed its longstanding interpretation of civil rights law to include discrimination against LGBT people.

Aimee Stephens worked for almost six years as a funeral director at R.G.


"As I was saying, there are transgender male lawyers in this courtroom following the male dress code and going to the men's room and the Court's dress code and sex-segregated restrooms have not fallen", Cole added.

But in 2013, Bostock joined a gay recreational softball league. "The underlying question here is an ongoing one about whether the kinds of civil rights protections put in place in the 1960s should be extended to LGBTQ+ people-that is whether LGBTQ+ people should be seen and treated as full members of their communities, and whether they deserve the protection of the government to ensure that they are". Lawmakers, not unelected judges, should change the law, they argued.

The court also could be front and center in the presidential election campaign itself, especially with health concerns surrounding 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

DOJ and case respondents argued that Congress has differentiated between sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in other statutes, indicating the legislature regards them as different traits. Justice Clarence Thomas, who returned to the bench Tuesday after staying home sick the day before, said nothing, as is his custom.

True. But the court already has found that Title VII bars firing a woman not only because an employer does not believe women should be working, but also "reasonably comparable evils", as Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in 1998.

We can not ignore what these three cases, and the social and legal questions they present, are really about: the rights of everyone to work free from the limitations of sex stereotypes.


Alito replied, "Well, I'm not familiar with that". She was planning to exchange the dark suit and tie she had worn to work for almost six years as an embalmer and funeral director for a conservative dress or skirt that was required for women who worked for Rost. "That's discrimination because of sex", Kagan said.

California and 21 other states forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation, and several other states have such protections for public employees.

He will tell the justices that adding definitions to the word "sex" would set a unsafe precedent.

The term could reveal how far to the right and how fast the court's conservative majority will move, even as Chief Justice John Roberts has made clear he wants to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics.

"I hope - no matter what our justices decide - that Americans know that it should not be OK to discriminate against someone simply for being who they are", transgender actress Laverne Cox, a three-time Emmy award nominee for her role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black", said outside the courthouse.

A 2018 report by the organization and the Washington-based National LGBTQ Workers Center estimated that about 4.5% of the USA population identifies as LGBTQ, for an estimated 11 million people.


Lower courts have remained divided on whether the law covers sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, has not acted on the bill. The law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits employers from discharging individuals "because of such individual's. sex".

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