The US Supreme Court recently heard arguments over what will prove to be a landmark civil rights and employment case for those in the LGBTQ community. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, our knowledgeable and experienced team understands that discrimination in the workplace is wrong. We will fight to protect the rights of workers who have faced workplace discrimination. Today, our Los Angeles discrimination lawyers want to discuss this case and how it could affect workers in our area.
The US Supreme Court is seemingly divided over whether a landmark civil rights law protects workers from being fired due to their sexual orientation or transgender status. Justice Neil Gorsuch said that there were strong arguments in favor of LGBTQ workers, but also wondered whether the court should consider “the massive social upheaval” that may follow a decision from the court if they ruled in their favor.
Chief Justice John Roberts questioned how employers with religious objections to hiring LGBTQ people may be affected by the outcome of this case.
There are actually two cases before the court concerning this issue. The first involves a skydiving instructor and a county worker in Georgia who was fired for being gay. The second case deals with a funeral home director who was fired for being transgender.
A decision on this issue is not expected until summer 2020, but we can still discuss how this may affect California.
Many people in our state did not know that there are no federal laws protecting workers from being fired based on their sexual orientation or for being transgender. Most states do not protect these workers from being fired either, and it is estimated that nearly 8.1 million LGBTQ workers across the country have no workplace protections.
California laws do protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination in the workplace, and many businesses and government officials in the state have spoken up in favor of the Supreme Court protecting workers throughout the US. Here in LA, City Attorney Mike Feuer joined several other cities and government agencies across the country in filing a brief with the US Supreme Court “seeking to protect LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination.” The brief was filed by 66 cities and 28 mayors across the United States seeking to add to federal protections.
If you or a loved one have faced discrimination in the workplace, please seek legal assistance today. You may be entitled to compensation for what you have been through. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we believe that everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work. We will investigate what took place and move to secure the following: