We Are Open (With Safety Precautions) & Ready To Help:  Click Here To Watched Our Covid-19 Webinar — What Employers Need to Know


The courts have been in conflict in recent years as to whether gay and transgender people are protected from discrimination on the job, an issue the Supreme Court agreed to review on April 22, 2019.  Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits job discrimination because of "sex."  The traditional interpretation of Title VII does not expand the word "sex" to include sexual identity or transgender status.  However, in 1989 the U.S. Supreme Court held that discrimination on the basis of sex encompasses "sex stereotyping," and this interpretation has been utilized in some cases where LGBT have alleged that they were discriminated against because they did not conform to the stereotypes of their gender.  Others are urging the courts to adopt a more modern understanding of "sex" that encompasses job bias against a worker who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  A number of states and localities have enacted their own laws that protect LGBT workers from discrimination.  The federal government itself has taken different views on the issue, as the EEOC argues that the federal civil rights law protects workers against sexual orientation discrimination while the Justice Department takes the opposite position. 

Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine

3400 Peachtree Road, Ste 400 / Lenox Towers / Atlanta, GA 30326 /404.365.0900

Where Experience Counts

Thank you for visiting the firm's website. Please note that this website is intended for general information purposes only and does not constitute an offer of representation or create an attorney-client relationship with the firm. The firm welcomes receipt of electronic mail but the act of sending electronic mail alone does not create an attorney-client relationship. You may reproduce materials available at this site for your own personal use and for non-commercial distribution. All copies must include the firm's copyright notice.

© 2020 Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C. | Site By JSM