Gay Rights: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Firing People For Being Gay Is Legal
Three cases recently taken up by the United States Supreme Court might end up having far-reaching consequences when it comes to the fate of LGBTQ people in the workplace and beyond.
The three cases taken up by the Supreme Court are all related to LGBTQ employment discrimination, and any decision made could set in stone whether firing someone based on their gender identity and sexual orientation is legal or not.
The three cases are Zarda, Bostock, and Harris Funeral Homes. The Zarda case involves late former skydiving instructor Donald Zarda, who claimed he was fired from his old company Altitude Express, Inc. because of his sexuality.
The second case involves Gerald Bostock, who says he was fired from his job as a child welfare services coordinator because his employer found out that he is gay.
Finally, the Harris Funeral Homes case involves Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at the funeral home after coming out as transgender.
The United States Supreme Court deciding these cases would set a dangerous precedent, as there is currently no federal law that outlaws LGBTQ discrimination. That said, lower courts have ruled that Title VII of the current Civil Rights Act that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
Activists are worried about this particular Supreme Court as two ultra-conservative judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have been appointed by Donald Trump.
Should the Supreme Court rule against Zarda, Bostock, Stephens, and Title VII, LGBTQ people in states that do not have discrimination protections will have no federal protections against it.
Adam4Adam blog readers, how do you feel about this current legal development? Are you optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Zarda, Bostock, Stephens, and Title VII? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.