Thursday, December 03, 2020

Do You Remember…

This spring’s Supreme Court ruling on Aimee Stephens’ discrimination case against the Michigan funeral home?

Well they just reached a settlement.
Judge signs off on settlement in Michigan transgender bias case
The Detroit News
By Melissa Nann Burke
November 30, 2020

A federal judge has signed off on a settlement between the estate of Aimee Stephens and the Metro Detroit funeral home that fired her in 2013 after she came out to her boss as transgender.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox on Monday approved the terms of the settlement between the estate of Stephens, who died in May, and her former employer, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, which going forward is prohibited from firing employees on the basis of transgender status.

Under the terms of the agreement, Harris Homes is to pay $130,000 to Stephens' estate, including $63,724 in back pay with interest and $66,276 in damages.

The consent decree also says Harris Homes, which operates three funeral homes in southeast Michigan, must pay another $120,000 to the ACLU Foundation for costs and plaintiff attorney fees.
Business Insurance reported that,
The Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia upheld a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit in Cincinnati in favor of the late Aimee Stephens, a transgender worker who was fired when she told her funeral home employer she was undergoing a gender transition from male to female.
EEOC trial attorney Dale Price said in a statement, “The law is now clear that discrimination against an employee because of his or her transgender status is sex discrimination.
Since the ruling the composition of the court has changed, it is very unlikely we will get a friendly ruling again. I believe that justice Barrett will follow Supreme Court precedent and will ignore the 14th Amendment which the earlier court ruling was based on.

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