Coronavirus isn’t the only thing threatening LGBT American workers

By Philadelphia Gay News, | May 6, 2020

Emerging Leader Fellow Cameron McConkey recently published an op-ed for Philadelphia Gay News about the impact pending Supreme Court decisions could have on employment, housing, and public accommodations for LGBT Americans.

Against the backdrop of a public health and economic crisis that is crippling the livelihood of LGBT Americans, another potential labor catastrophe is looming. As early as this week, the Supreme Court of the United States will offer its decisions on two profound challenges to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (and the consolidated case, Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda) asks whether discrimination against an employee because of their sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination under the current federal statute. Meanwhile, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asks whether federal law prohibits employment discrimination against transgender individuals.

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