WASHINGTON (PM) — The Trump administration has just petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in three cases to order that terminating an employee simply because they are LGBTQ is absolutely legal.
The brief, given by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, explains to the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not shield gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including termination for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, writes.
“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”
The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8. These three cases are as follows:
- Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia: Case Number 17-1618 (Consolidated with Altitude Express, No, 17-1623)
- Altitude Express v. Zarda: Case Number 17-1623 (Consolidated with Bostock, No, 17-1618)
- R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC : Case Number 18-107