Supreme Court Hears Arguments in LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases

HeadlineOct 09, 2019
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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court’s conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. Outside the court, plaintiff Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013, joined a rally hosted by supporters. This is Laverne Cox, award-winning transgender actress.

Laverne Cox: “I hope, no matter what our justices decide, that Americans know that it should not be OK to discriminate against someone simply for being who they are. If we do not win this case, then the people, then our legislature needs to make it clear that discrimination against anyone because of who they are should not be the way that we live our lives here in the United States of America.”

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We’ll have more on Tuesday’s action at the Supreme Court later in the broadcast. Click here to see our full interview with Laverne Cox.

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