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The Supreme Court's LGBTQ ruling, explained in 5 sentences - Vox

LGBTQ advocates gathered in front of the Supreme Court on October 8, 2019. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Just days after the Trump administration formally rolled back policies that protected LGBTQ+ patients from discrimination,[1] the Supreme Court issued an opinion clearly stating that Title VII protects homosexual or transgender people from discrimination in the workplace. In a 6-3 opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Court announced, “[a]n individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions.”

Bostock considered three different cases stemming from discriminatory terminations. The first plaintiff, Gerald Bostock, was fired from his job after he participated in a gay recreational softball league. Donald Zarda, who worked as a skydiving instructor, was fired just days after mentioning he was gay. Finally, Aimee Stephens was fired from her position at a funeral home after informing her employers she would live and work full-time as a woman.

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International_Commercial_Arbitration_Court_at_the_UCCI-300x261In a series of recent arbitration suits brought before them, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled in favor of employers and businesses. While positive for these entities, a large and dark shadow now looms over employees and consumers, whose ability to speak out in the face of wrongdoing has been drastically diminished.

What is an arbitration clause and why do contracts include them?

Disputes happen. They need resolution. The litigation process is often slow, long, unpredictable, and expensive. An average civil litigation proceeding takes 2 to 5 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in time and resources. While attorneys are digging through piles of evidence, writing briefs, interviewing witnesses, and presenting the case to a judge, neither disputing party can move forward.

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