SCOTUS to decide sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear and resolve three key cases centering on a currently unsettled legal question—whether federal employment law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to sex. The cases (Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda from the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia from the 11th Circuit, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from the 6th Circuit) all concern different permutations of this issue and represent the split in interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its provision prohibiting discrimination on the basis of "sex." The Supreme Court's resolution of the issue will be momentous to employers throughout the country.

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