Senior Staff Attorney Christy Hall Recognized by Minnesota Lawyer
"In POWER 30, we have focused on those whose mere presence on a case signifies the stakes, who have influenced the direction of the law, whose leadership in the community is pervasive and whose respect within the bar is undeniable."
How We Make Change
Gender Justice was thrilled yesterday when it was announced that Senior Staff Attorney Christy Hall was included in Minnesota Lawyer’s The POWER 30 | Employment Law list. Christy is the only nonprofit lawyer to be recognized on this list and has been with Gender Justice since the beginning, using her adept and nuanced legal analysis to further the law and secure justice for our clients – and so many others like them across the state and nation.
All of us who work with Christy know that she is, simply, an absolute powerhouse.
Last year, Christy raised alarm bells within the legal community around the potential for courts, federal agencies, and others to incorrectly interpret the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) as superseding Bostock, a 2020 Supreme Court ruling holding that LGBTQ employees are protected from sex discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Christy recognized that the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in their latest Updated Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination, went out of their way to paint the Bostock ruling as limited, while greatly overstating the impact of RFRA.
As Christy said, “A civil rights law is only as good as your ability to enforce it. The EEOC is the major player. It is abdicating enforcement in difficult situations.”
This is just one of so many examples of how we as an organization understand the distinct ways in which how our laws and legal decisions can impact our day-to-day lives, and the rights (or lack of) we are afforded.