During its next term, which begins in October, the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear three cases that should result in a ruling about whether federal workplace discrimination laws (commonly known as Title VII) protect sexual orientation and gender identity. New York workplace laws already provide these protections but differ in other ways from federal law. For example, an employee seeking redress under federal law is entitled to her attorneys’ fees if she’s successful. The same isn’t necessarily true under New York law.
Remember these case names because they should present the high court an opportunity to consider and rule on workplace protections involving sex stereotyping, gender identity, and transgender status discrimination:
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC
The attorneys at The Coppola Firm are dialed in to happenings across courtrooms in New York State and at the federal level. Don’t hesitate to reach out with if you have questions about these important – and sometimes quite thorny – issues.