Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-09-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Historic LGBTQ Employment Cases
2019-10-08

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


"…LGBTQ employees have been punished simply for not conforming to the employers' sex-based stereotypes about how they should behave or who they should be attracted to. The Court has the opportunity to set the record straight and it's time."

( Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases of workers that were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Court is considering whether the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination because of the employee's sex, covers discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming workers. The cases are Altitude Express v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County and R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC.

"It was quite a day. After hearing the Supreme Court justices' questions today, we are hopeful and there are many reasons to be optimistic," said Gregory Nevins, Senior Counsel and Employment Fairness Project Director for Lambda Legal. "If the Court simply applies the law as written, LGBTQ workers win. The text of Title VII is as clear as day: if an employer refuses to hire, dismisses, or mistreats an employee 'because of' that employee's sex, they are in violation of the law. In these three cases, and in so many others, LGBTQ employees have been punished simply for not conforming to the employers' sex-based stereotypes about how they should behave or who they should be attracted to. The Court has the opportunity to set the record straight and it's time."

In two cases, Altitude Express v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, the Court is looking at whether Title VII ban of sex discrimination covers claims of sexual orientation discrimination. And in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, the Court is considering whether Title VII's sex discrimination provision protects transgender workers. A growing number of courts have agreed that Title VII does indeed, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But if the Supreme Court rules against the employees, it will leave vulnerable many LGBTQ workers who don't have local or state-level protections.

"A lot is at stake here. The Court effectively could take away rights from LGBTQ workers that have been established by multiple federal courts, confirmed by the EEOC, and accepted by the overwhelming majority of American people," added Nevins. "We need the Court to clarify once and for all that discrimination against LGBTQ workers is unlawful sex discrimination so that people everywhere can bring their whole selves to work and not be forced to hide. If they just follow the text of the law that should be fairly easy."

Lambda Legal has been at the center of this work for many years, serving as counsel of record in the landmark Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College before the Seventh Circuit, which was the first federal Court of Appeals to rule that Title VII protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and by arguing as amicus in Zarda v. Altitude Express before the Second Circuit. We were counsel of record in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital in the Eleventh Circuit, and won a landmark victory on behalf of a Georgia state employee, fired for being transgender in Glenn v. Brumby, also in the Eleventh Circuit. We have briefed coverage issues in the First, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and were on the oral argument calendars of the Fifth, Eight, and Tenth;Circuits in just the first five months of 2019.

—From a Lambda Legal news release


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NCLR mourns LGBTQ equality champion Justice Ginsburg 2020-09-19 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) mourns the tragic loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — ...


Gay News

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an important voice for LGBT people 2020-09-19 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justice with the most pro-LGBT voting record in the history of the court, died Friday ...


Gay News

Supreme Ct. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87 2020-09-18 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18, multiple media outlets reported. She was 87. President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois announces general election endorsements 2020-09-18 - CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans, today announced endorsements for the November ...


Gay News

'Cheer' star Harris faces child-pornography charges 2020-09-18 - FBI agents arrested Jerry Harris—a Naperville native who became famous as the breakout star of the Netflix docuseries Cheer—on child-pornography charges, The Chicago ...


Gay News

Link pleads guilty to tax-related charges 2020-09-17 - On Sept. 16, now-former Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pled guilty to a federal count of filing a false tax return, The Chicago ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois endorses thirteen LGBTQ candidates for general election 2020-09-17 - CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer Illinoisans, today announced endorsements of a record ...


Gay News

Trans candidate McBride makes history again 2020-09-16 - Sarah McBride—who, in 2016, was the first openly transgender person to address the Democratic National Convention—made history again with a primary victory, setting ...


Gay News

HRC Foundation, HIT release study on voters of color, voting by mail 2020-09-16 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and HIT Strategies released the first results of a national survey of voters of color, ...


Gay News

Quigley, Demings introduce blood-donation bias measure 2020-09-16 - U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the Science in ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.