Monday, April 22, 2019

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Title VII Protects Gays and Transgender Individuals

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted review in three cases involving important questions of LGBT rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  First the Court granted certiorari in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, (Docket No. 17-1618) (SCOTUSblog Case Page) and consolidated it with Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda (Docket No.17-1623) (SCOTUSblog Case Page) (see prior posting) in which it also granted certiorari (Order List 4/22/2019). The cases raise the question of whether Title VII's prohibition on discrimination "because of ... sex" covers discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Second, the Court granted review in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, (Docket No. 18-107, certiorari granted 4/22/2019 (SCOTUSblog Case Page) (See prior posting). The grant of certiorari was specifically on:
Whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on (1) their status as transgender or (2) sex stereotyping under Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U. S. 228 (1989).
New York Times reports on the Supreme Court's action.