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The Highest Court to Decide Landmark Cases on Sexual Orientation and Title VII

Front aspect of the U.S. Supreme Court buildingOn April 22, 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases: (1) Bostock v. Clayton County; (2) Altitude Express v. Zarda; and (3) R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The Justices will decide whether sex discrimination, covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.   It is believed that a decision in these cases will provide guidance on whether LGBTQ individuals are protected from discrimination under federal law.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which governs Florida federal law, rejected protection under Title VII based on sexual preference and is one of the cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The cases will be heard next term, which starts in October 2019.

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