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    Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons

    INB4 "activist judges"

    11 out of 16 of the current justices were appointed by a Republican president, with three of them appointed by Trump.

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    On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against transgender people. It also held that employers may not use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to justify discrimination against LGBTQ workers. The court’s landmark decision is an emphatic rejection of the legal theory that businesses may fire or mistreat female and minority workers under the guise of religious liberty. It also affirms the growing judicial consensus that existing civil rights law protects LGBTQ employees.

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    This, the 6th Circuit explained in an opinion by Judge Karen Nelson Moore, cannot be right. First, she held that Title VII does outlaw anti-trans employment discrimination, for two independent reasons. First, Title VII bars sex stereotyping—punishing an employer for her failure to conform to gender norms. When Rost fired Stephens for transitioning, Moore explained, he penalized her for failing to conform to the sex assigned to her at birth. “[A]n employer cannot discriminate on the basis of transgender status,” she concluded, “without imposing its stereotypical notions of how sexual organs and gender identity ought to align.”

    Second, Moore wrote, anti-trans discrimination is inherently sex based. “[I]t is analytically impossible,” she noted, “to fire an employee based on that employee’s status as a transgender person without being motivated, at least in part, by the employee’s sex.” Any business that mistreats a worker on the basis of her “transgender or transitioning status,” then, is taking sex into account—in violation of Title VII.
    Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons, Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Decision (Slate)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    INB4 "activist judges"

    11 out of 16 of the current justices were appointed by a Republican president, with three of them appointed by Trump.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United..._Sixth_Circuit



    Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons, Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Decision (Slate)
    WTF does religion have to do with Transgenders???
    What "religious reason" could one possibly have for firing an employee that happened to be a transgender? I don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    INB4 "activist judges"

    11 out of 16 of the current justices were appointed by a Republican president, with three of them appointed by Trump.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United..._Sixth_Circuit



    Businesses Can’t Fire Trans Employees for Religious Reasons, Federal Appeals Court Rules in Landmark Decision (Slate)

    Seems like a reasonable decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    WTF does religion have to do with Transgenders???
    What "religious reason" could one possibly have for firing an employee that happened to be a transgender? I don't get it.
    It's nothing more than the "ick factor" justified after the fact.
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