The LGBTQ discrimination cases before the Supreme Court could take away federal protections for transgender and gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

On April 22, the Supreme Court announced it would take up three cases that ask whether or not to roll back protections for LGBTQ people under the Civil Rights Act’s prohibitions on sex discrimination. The ACLU is counsel in two of the cases:

  • R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC (Aimee Stephens)

  • Altitude Express v. Zarda (Donald Zarda)

A third case, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, has been consolidated with Zarda.

Aimee Stephens in front of the Supreme Court

Aimee Stephens

Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. When she informed the funeral home’s owner that she is transgender and planned to come to work as the woman she is, the business owner fired her, saying it would be "unacceptable" for her to appear and behave as a woman.

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Don Zarda, Melissa Zarda, Bill Moore

Don Zarda

Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor, was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation. A federal trial court rejected his discrimination claim, saying that the Civil Rights Act does not protect him from losing his job for being a gay man. Tragically, in October 2014, Zarda died unexpectedly, but the case continues on behalf of his estate.

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Gerald Bostock

Gerald Lynn Bostock was fired from his job as a county child welfare services coordinator when his employer learned he is gay. In May 2018, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a 1979 decision wrongly excluding sexual orientation discrimination from coverage under Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination, and denied his appeal.

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