Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers are protected by federal law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sex

Source: Washington Post - View Original Article
Published: Jul 02, 2020
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73% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

76% Positive Sentiment + Policies: LGBT Rights = 76% Liberal
66% Positive Sentiment + Policies: LGBT Rights = 66% Liberal
52% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Anti-Discrimination Laws = 52% Liberal


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LGBT Rights
Anti-Discrimination Laws

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89% "(Zarda's case is being carried forward by his sister and partner.)"
88% "The cases were the first the court heard since the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy."
72% "The court combined two cases to consider whether gay workers are protected under the law."
65% "(Zarda died in 2014.)"
64% "Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids."
60% "Gerald Bostock claimed he was fired from his job as a social worker in Clayton County, Ga., after he became more open about being gay, including joining a gay softball league."
59% "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit came to a similar conclusion in Stephens's case."
-51% "Supreme Court rules gay couples have constitutional right to marry The issue was one of the most consequential of the term."
-52% "The answer is clear, Gorsuch wrote."
-60% "Donald Zarda said he was fired as a skydiving instructor after joking with a female client to whom he was strapped for a tandem dive that he was gay."
-61% "Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann wrote that sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination."
-70% "An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex."
-71% "The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled for Zarda, and said its contrary past decisions on the issue were wrong."
-84% "That is analogous to discriminating against a transgender individual for not conforming to norms expected of a gender, the commission said."
-95% "For 50 years, courts read that to mean only that women could not be treated worse than men, and vice versa, not that discrimination on the basis of sex included LGBTQ individuals."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

89% : (Zarda's case is being carried forward by his sister and partner.)
88% : The cases were the first the court heard since the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
83% : More than 200 of the nation's largest employers are supporting the workers.
76% : Gay rights leaders say "married on Sunday, fired on Monday" is a possibility in more than half of the United States, where there is no specific protection for gay or transgender workers.
72% : The court combined two cases to consider whether gay workers are protected under the law.
66% : He had written the majority opinion in all of the court's major cases that advanced gay rights, including the 2015 decision that said gay couples had the constitutional right to marry.
65% : (Zarda died in 2014.)
64% : Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.
63% : Treating a man who is attracted to men differently from a woman who is attracted to men is discrimination, the EEOC reasoned.
60% : Gerald Bostock claimed he was fired from his job as a social worker in Clayton County, Ga., after he became more open about being gay, including joining a gay softball league.
59% : Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court's liberals in the 6 to 3 ruling.
59% : The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit came to a similar conclusion in Stephens's case.
52% : They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination "because of sex," includes LGBTQ employees.
51% : The transgender case was brought by Aimee Stephens, who worked for years at a Michigan funeral home before being fired after informing the owners and colleagues of her gender transition.
51% : The states that prohibit discrimination are not uniform -- some protect only gender identity or transgender status, and some differentiate between public and private employment.
49% : Supreme Court rules gay couples have constitutional right to marry The issue was one of the most consequential of the term.
48% : The answer is clear," Gorsuch wrote.
47% : The commission also looked at a 1989 Supreme Court decision that said federal law protected against discrimination based on stereotypes; the court found for a woman who had not been promoted because her employers found her too aggressive and her manner of dress not feminine enough.
42% : The Trump administration sided with the employers, a position that put it at odds with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which decided in 2015 that gay and transgender individuals were federally protected.
40% : Donald Zarda said he was fired as a skydiving instructor after joking with a female client to whom he was strapped for a tandem dive that he was gay.
39% : Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann wrote that "sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination."
36% : Discrimination because of sexual orientation is the same thing, the EEOC said, because it relies on stereotypes about to whom men and women should be attracted.
34% : The Supreme Court ponders: is it legal to fire someone for being gay?
34% : A transgender woman's letter to her boss led to her firing, and a trip to the Supreme Court Most courts of appeals had come to agree with the EEOC, even when they had not done so in the past.
33% : But in Bostock's case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit went the other way, ruling for Clayton County, a suburb south of Atlanta, that Title VII did not protect on the basis of sexual orientation.
31% : "Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender.
31% : Stephens died of kidney failure in May, after seeing her case argued at the Supreme Court in October.
30% : An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.
29% : The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled for Zarda, and said its contrary past decisions on the issue were wrong.
27% : More than 70 friend-of-the-court briefs were filed, dividing states, religious orders and members of Congress.
22% : The panel found it "analytically impossible to fire an employee based on that employee's status as a transgender person without being motivated, at least in part, by the employee's sex."
16% : That is analogous to discriminating against a transgender individual for not conforming to norms expected of a gender, the commission said.
14% : Since the case was argued, Virginia became the most recent state to extend protection on its own.
5% : For 50 years, courts read that to mean only that women could not be treated worse than men, and vice versa, not that discrimination on the basis of sex included LGBTQ individuals.

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