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ACLU Argues Historic Civil Rights Cases at U.S. Supreme Court

On Tuesday, October 8, a team of ACLU lawyers argued two separate cases at the United States Supreme Court related to LGBTQ employment discrimination. At stake is a crucial question affecting the lives of millions of LGBTQ Americans: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination based on sex, also protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace. Learn more from the ACLU...19 10 08 SCOTUS 2 400

The ACLU's clients are Aimee Stephens, who worked for nearly six years as a funeral director at a funeral home near Detroit before being fired after she showed up to work as a woman, and Don Zarda, who was fired as a skydiving instructor after telling a female customer that he was gay in an effort to make her less uncomfortable with how close they were physically attached during the jump.

Learn more about these potentially landmark cases, and the oral arguments that happened on October 8, at the links below.

What You Need to Know About Today’s LGBTQ Rights Arguments Before SCOTUS (ACLU, October 8, 2019)

I Am One of Aimee Stephens’s Lawyers, and I Heard Yesterday’s Argument Firsthand (ACLU, October 9, 2019)

 The ACLU's "At Liberty" Podcast: The Historic Trans Rights Case Before the Supreme Court (ep. 67, 10/3/19)

Argument analysis: Justices divided on federal protections for LGBT employees (UPDATED) (SCOTUS blog, October 8 2019)

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in these cases in late June 2020.


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