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What Does the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Mean for Trans Folks?

Introductory
TOPIC AREAS
Core Concepts, Policy
PRESENTED BY
Shelley Gregory
PUBLICATION DATE
July 1, 2020
Length of Recording
01:14:00

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declared that discrimination at work because of gender identity or sexual orientation is discrimination “because of . . . sex.” How courts interpret those words – “because of sex” – directly impacts the everyday lives of trans and non-binary individuals. Come learn about the Supreme Court cases that gay and trans plaintiffs won, what their victory means for trans and non-binary employees, and how this development can spur positive change in schools, health care, and more.

PRESENTER: SHELLEY GREGORY

Shelley is a trans human, activist, and advocate, and the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. Shelley has worked actively in the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years and began to focus their work on advocacy for transgender and non-binary folx nearly two decades ago. Their background is as a civil rights lawyer. Shelley continually aims to contribute to improving quality of life for trans and non-binary individuals and increasing our inclusion in society. Shelley presently assists survivors of violence through individual advocacy and peer support, as well as policy development and public education.

Presentation Outline:

Shelley’s introduction 0:00

Three Supreme Court cases 6:11

Case 1: Aimee Stephens 8:19

Defining “sex” discrimination 11:05

Bostock & Altitude Express cases 11:40

Lawyers involved in Aimee’s case 12:20

Arguments presented in Aimee’s case 17:14

 

Why are the cases important? 22:39

Employment discrimination statistics (true or false?) 28:59

Text of Title VII 31:15

Discrimination based on sex stereotypes 33:17

Bostock decision 36:10

What does “sex” mean? 38:57

Examples of discrimination 43:01

Workplace harassment is covered by the Bostock decision 44:15

 

All genders can be impacted 45:45

Sources of harassment/discrimination 47:31

Examples of repeated events (harassment) 48:34

How can employers prevent/eliminate discrimination? 51:01

Workplaces covered by Bostock decision 52:26

Ways to cover gaps in protections 53:54

State and local laws 54:56

 

Q&A: 57:00

What if religion is used to discriminate? 57:34

Access to healthcare/discrimination in health care 1:00:32

How is “legal” discrimination defined? 1:10:39

Closing: 1:12:31

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PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic. This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.