BREAKING: High Court Accepts Cases Over Whether Title VII Covers LGBT Bias
By Vin Gurrieri
Law360 (April 22, 2019, 9:43 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a trio of closely watched cases that hinge on whether gay and transgender workers are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The high court granted petitions for certiorari in three cases — Altitude Express v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC — giving the justices a chance to settle hotly-debated questions about the scope of the cornerstone federal anti-bias statute.
The three cases each pose similar questions about the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Zarda and Bostock ask the justices to decide whether the law’s existing ban on sex discrimination protects workers from bias based on their sexual orientation, and Harris Funeral Homes asks whether workers are protected from gender identity...