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Next Step For LGBTQ Civil Rights

By Charlotte Robinson, October 04, 2019
Next Tuesday on October 8th the Supreme Court will hear a trio of major cases that could determine the future of our LGBTQ employment rights. Two of the cases Altitude Express Inc. v Zarda & Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia center on men who say they were fired from their jobs for being gay & the third case R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC & Aimee Stephens focuses on a transgender woman who was fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning. These cases represent the next step in the movement for LGBTQ equality. According to a report by Public Religion Research Institute most Americans falsely believe that there are federal nondiscrimination protections in place for LGBTQ Americans. The reality is that less than half of U.S. states have laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Without any federal protections LGBTQ people can be legally fired or kicked out of a restaurant just for being who they are in a majority of the country & those states aren’t about to add protections anytime soon. Over the past 10 years only one state Utah has passed a law banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination. So the Supreme Court cases on October 8th could determine if the Civil Rights Act of 1964, under Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination in employment will extend to sexual orientation & gender identity. If the Supreme Court votes in favor of the employees this will bring nationwide employment protections for LGBTQ people for the first time in U.S. history.
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