The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court Friday to legalize the firing of transgender workers. The Justice Department argued that the Civil Rights Act only protects employees from discrimination based on their “biological sex.” The legal brief was introduced as part of a lawsuit in which a transgender woman was fired from a Michigan funeral home after she announced plans to transition, after six years of employment. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this and two other cases involving anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination on October 8.
ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said, “People don’t realize that the stakes are extending not just to the trans and LGB communities, but every person who departs from sex stereotypes: Women who want to wear pants in the workplace, men who want more childbearing responsibilities. Those protections are also in peril.”