Professor Elizabeth Cooper, faculty director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, was quoted in Bloomberg Law in an article covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that federal anti-discrimination protections apply to LGBT workers.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that federal anti-discrimination protections apply to LGBT workers will likely tee up further legal disputes involving religious liberties and workplace policies over bathrooms and dress codes.
In a 6-3 ruling Monday, the justices resolved a question that once divided appeals courts, federal agencies, and coalitions of states about whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers could sue their employers under Tile VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits bias based on sex.
“This is a warning to employers that they need to base employment decision on the capacities of employees not their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Elizabeth Cooper, a professor at Fordham Law School who specializes in sexuality issues. “I don’t see how it doesn’t have reach beyond the workplace.”