Groups argue law doesn’t protect transgender woman from workplace bias

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09/02/2019

More than three dozen groups, from Christian colleges to feminists, filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to side with a Michigan funeral home business that fired a transgender employee who dressed as a woman. The groups’ arguments follow a filing by the Trump administration last month urging the nine justices to rule that a federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination doesn’t protect transgender people in the workplace. Groups supportive of R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Garden City say a ruling for the transgender employee, Aimee Stephens, would burden religious liberty and employment law, erode expectations of privacy and undermine equal opportunities for women and girls. The groups include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Lansing-based Great Lakes Justice Center, filing in one of two closely watched LGBT-rights cases that the High Court is set to hear in early October.

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