Sep 29 2020
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. partner Joshua Goodbaum contributed an article to the September/October Issue of Connecticut Lawyer. The article discusses the extent to which the June 2020 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County has impacted federal law, extending protections not just to LGBTQ Americans not just in their employment, but also in healthcare and education as well.
The 6-3 Bostock decision immediately extended civil rights protections to millions of LGBTQ employees who work in the nearly 30 states without express safeguards for sexual minorities. However, in states (like Connecticut) that already prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the decision still has something to offer.
Most obviously, the Supreme Court’s ruling will have ramifications far beyond employment law as Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s opinion for the Court is not limited to workplace protections. Wherever federal law prohibits discrimination “because of [an] individual’s … sex,” those protections now will extend to lesbian, gay, and transgender people, too. This includes housing, small business loans, military operations, healthcare, and education.
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