Is the EEOC Backing Out of an LGBTQ Lawsuit?

by Evil HR Lady on January 30, 2017

In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took on the case of Aimee (formerly Anthony) Stephens, who R.G. &. G.R. Harris Funeral Homes fired after Stephens announced that he would be transitioning to she. The funeral home had a dress code that required women to wear “skirt-suits”, and Stephens announced that after she returned from vacation, she would be switching to female clothes.

Stephens’ case was thrown out of court in 2016. The court ruled that Stephens didn’t a claim because “like sexual orientation, transgender or transsexual status is currently not a protected class under Title VII.” The court also relied on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), because the funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, was entitled to his religious liberty, and Stephen’s transition violated that.

The Washington Post quoted EEOC spokesman Justine Lisser as saying “We are disappointed with the decision and are reviewing the next steps.” Those next steps involved appealing the decision.

To keep reading, click here: Is the EEOC Backing Out of an LGBTQ Lawsuit?

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