Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Extends Title VII Protections to the LGBTQ Community
By Caitlyn Elam | June 15, 2020
Today the Supreme Court of the United States held that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In its landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgiathe Supreme Court interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for those of the LGBTQ community in the workplace. Justice Gorsuch delivered the opinion of the Court which was split 6-3.
The Supreme Court’s decision settles more than a decade-long split among federal circuit courts, EEOC guidance, and Department of Justice guidance from the Obama and Trump Administrations. Employers should make sure that applicable employee policies and statements are updated to ensure any employee complaints related to homosexuality and gender identity are handled appropriately and with Title VII protections in mind.Read More Here
Caitlyn Luedtke Elam is an associate attorney in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of education law, employment law, general civil litigation, and healthcare law. She joined the firm in August 2012. Ms. Elam is a member of the firm’s Education, Employment, and Healthcare Practice Groups.
Ms. Elam defends both private businesses and public entities in a variety of employment law issues, including litigation matters. Her experience includes defense of clients in court and in front of state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.