Inside the 3 major Supreme Court cases involving LGBT rights and the Civil Rights Act

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By John Wesley Reed - Posted at DISRN:

Published October 8, 2019

Today the Supreme Court heard three cases involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects employees from discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion. What is being challenged in these cases is whether the term “sex” in Title VII includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC involves a male employee who was terminated for refusing to abide by his employer’s dress code policy after the employee said he identified as female and would begin wearing dresses to work. The company, R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Home, argues that the former employee, who now identifies as Aimee Stephens, agreed to the company’s terms upon employment six years prior and since Stephens is now wanting to break the policy, this is grounds for termination. Stephens is arguing that the termination is based on his gender identity and believes this violates Title VII of the CRA.


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