|Posted by trans.forming on April 16, 2020 at 9:15 PM|
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Supreme Court decisions with big implications for LGBTQ communities loom large.
The Supreme Court of the United States is currently considering three cases that ask whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which prohibits discrimination based on sex — protects LGTBQ people from discrimination in employment. These cases, heard alongside cases in which abortion rights, immigration, and gun control are also at stake, are the result of concerted efforts by the current administration and anti-LGBTQ organization’s efforts to reverse LGBTQ protections and push back against basic protections for those who are denied opportunity for who they are.
These cases also mark the first time the Supreme Court will rule on the rights of transgender people and the decision will set an important precedent about how trans people are treated under the law.
If the court rules that LGBTQ people are not protected by federal employment laws, 51 percent of LGBTQ workers – those living in the 27 states without explicit protections – will find themselves unprotected against workplace discrimination. Moreover, this ruling could extend beyond the workplace to enshrine legal discrimination in housing, healthcare, education, credit, and more.