"The man at the center of a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case on the definition of "sex" and how transgender-identifying people are recognized in the workplace has died.
Anthony Stephens, 59, who later changed his name to Aimee Stephens when he decided to self-identify as female, was on home hospice and died due to complications related to kidney disease on Tuesday."
" The Supreme Court announced it will resume oral arguments by teleconference in May. Several high-profile cases are being decided and opinions in these cases are sure to break through the latest news of the coronavirus pandemic.
Among them is Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, arguing the definition of sex in federal civil rights law in the context of employment. If the Court rules sex under Title VII includes “gender identity,” it would effectively rewrite federal law and invalidate policies and practices which treat men as male and women as female.
The Justices would do well to consider DOJ’s recent conclusions about the impact of gender identity-based claims on women in a Connecticut sports case in their deliberations in Harris...."
"A U.S. Supreme Court transgender discrimination case could carry unintended consequences for female athletes, the authors argue.
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC. The case involves the contours of Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination in employment, but will have broad implications for women and girls who participate in competitive sports. "
Amicus Briefs for Harris Funeral Home Supreme Court Case
Changing the definition of “sex” to mean “gender identity” in federal law has widespread consequences. For one, it would require employers to treat men who perceive themselves to be women as if they are, in fact, women – unless those employees don’t “meet the expectations” of what women “[t]ypically” look like. This is an impossible standard that would force employers to engage in the very stereotypes the law is supposed to prohibit.
Beyond that, changing the meaning of “sex” would greatly impact women and girls. It would allow for women’s scholarships to be given to men who perceive themselves to be women. It would force girls to compete in sports against boys who identify as girls, which denies them a level playing field. And it would force organizations to open women’s shelters, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers to men who perceive themselves to be women."
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