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07.03.2019

On July 3, 2019, Relman Dane & Colfax filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay and transgender employees who were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The brief was filed on behalf of 26 employment discrimination law scholars from around the country, led by Sachin Pandya of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Marcia McCormick of Saint Louis University School of Law, and Anthony Michael Kreis of Chicago-Kent College of Law. In the brief, the scholars explain that Title VII’s longstanding anti-stereotyping principle, which protects all individuals who do not conform to sex-based stereotypes from employment discrimination, must be read to protect LGBTQ employees from being denied a job, fired, or otherwise discriminated against in the workplace. The amicus brief was submitted in Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1618, Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., No. 17-1623, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, 18-107. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument in the three cases on October 8, 2019. The Relman, Dane & Colfax team was led by Sasha Samberg-Champion and Joseph Wardenski.

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