Watch: SCOTUS affirms LGBTQ rights in their latest decision.
Today, the Supreme Court stood on the right side of history by saying once and for all: you cannot fire someone for being LGBTQ. We thank the late Aimee Stephens, the late Don Zarda, and Gerald Bostock for fighting for today’s big victory.
This morning the Supreme Court handed down decisions on three cases concerning Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. In R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. E.E.O.C., Aimee Stephens argued that her boss violated Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination by firing her because she is transgender. In Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, Don Zarda and Gerald Bostock argued their bosses violated Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination by firing them for being gay. Today, the Supreme Court found in favor of Aimee Stephens, Don Zarda, and Gerald Bostock. For a quick refresh on all three cases, check out my SCOTUS Chat with Erin Maye Quade, Gender Justice’s Advocacy Director, about the oral arguments.
This decision has implications beyond Title VII and employment discrimination. We’ll be digging into the details of this decision in a video conversation later this evening – think of it as a live version of our SCOTUS Chats. Tune into at 5:00 PM CT to hear Erin and me break down the majority and dissenting opinions, and what implications they have for LGBTQ rights at the national and state level.
Jess Braverman, Legal Director