At the Mazzoni Center we offer a continuum of health, wellness and legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer customers (LGBTQ). In the past few decades, the legal recognition of the rights of LGBTQ people has changed dramatically. And this past year included one of those landmark decisions that will bring about more significant changes for the foreseeable future.

A little over a year ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that firing an employee for being gay or transgender (and presumably bisexual or lesbian) constituted gender discrimination in violation of Title VII of the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act in the workplace, violates. See Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia, 590 US__, 140 S. Ct. 1731, 1737 (2020). The decision settled three separate appeals from workers who were fired when their employers learned they were gay or transgender. The court stated: “If an employer fires an employee for being gay or transgender, the employer fires that person for qualities or actions that he would not have questioned in members of the opposite sex. Sex plays a necessary and indiscriminate role in the decision, and that is what Title VII prohibits. ”The court also found that other potential problems – gender segregated rooms and dress codes, religious objections – were not before it and would remain unsolved .