Street Law announces its two fall SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Aimee Stephens. This case, which involves the firing of a transgender employee and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, presents an opportunity to teach about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, and the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The second case is The consolidated cases of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda. In Bostock a gay man named Gerald Bostock was employed by the Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Ga. Bostock started to participate in a gay recreational softball league, and, several months later, he was fired for “conduct unbecoming of a county employee.” In Altitude Express, a gay man named Donald Zarda was working as a skydive instructor for Altitude Express. Due to the close physical proximity required for the tandem skydive, Zarda often told female customers that he was gay in order to prevent them from feeling uncomfortable. After being fired for allegedly touching a female customer inappropriately (accusations that he denied), he filed for unemployment benefits. In doing so he discovered that Altitude Express informed the New York Department of Labor that he had been fired “for shar[ing] inappropriate information with [customers] regarding his personal life,” not for the incident with the female customer. Learn more about the cases and resources here.
Fall 2019 SCOTUS in the Classroom Cases
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