A transgender woman’s wrongful termination case is among three cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear to tackle the question of whether federal anti-discrimination laws, specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, applies to employees based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
The details of the wrongful termination case involve an employee who was leading separate lives: a woman at home, a man at work. After presenting a letter to her employer revealing her intentions to carry out her work duties as a woman, she was subsequently fired – too many, a clear-cut case of sex discrimination.
However, although Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, federal law does not go so far as to extend those protections to transgender employees. This despite the fact that many states have passed anti-discrimination laws based on gender identity setting up a win-lose situation.
In the case of the transgender employee, it follows that after the EEOC sued the employer for sex discrimination and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit agreed, the employer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the discrepancy between the state and federal laws. They argue that the 6th circuit is rewriting the law to equate sex discrimination with gender identity discrimination, even though Congress did not include gender identity in the law.
Many who have been discriminated against for their sexual orientation or gender identity are looking forward to their day in the highest court in the land in hopes of gaining protections against being discriminated on the job.
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