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Bostock v. Clayton County: Meet the Plaintiffs

In Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court held that Title VII protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Meet the plaintiffs whose federal cases led to this landmark decision.

A Landmark Case

The Impact

Since it was decided in June 2020, hundreds of cases have cited to Bostock, and several sexual orientation and gender identity employment discrimination cases that were dismissed prior to Bostock, have since been revived.

The Human Rights Campaign ("HRC") created an Issue Brief explaining the implications of Bostock and calling for the continued advancement of nondiscrimination state laws. The HRC has also compiled a comprehensive evaluation of statewide laws and policies that affect the LGBTQ+ community. The full report for 2022 can be found here, as well as individual State Scorecards

Several courts have applied the reasoning of Bostock to hold that other federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination also protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in other settings such as schools and sports leagues. The continuing influence of Bostock two years after its decision is discussed in further detail by Jon W. Davidson in this article published by the ACLU: How the Impact of Bostock v. Clayton County on LGBTQ Rights Continues to Expand

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