Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cert. Filed In Funeral Home's Firing of Transgender Employee

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, (cert. filed 7/20/2018).  In the case, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a Michigan funeral home violated Title VII when it fired a transgender employee who was in the process of transitioning from male to female. The court, rejecting the employer's religious freedom defense, held that the employee was illegally fired because of her failure to conform to sex stereotypes. ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.