Lower Court Says Hobby Lobby Ruling Allows Gender Discrimination
August 21, 2016
Critics of the Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to opt out of portions of Obamacare for religious reasons said it also guarantees the right of privately held firms to engage in religiously motivated discrimination for other reasons. Now a federal judge in Michigan has ruled that a Detroit Funeral Home chain was legally protected when it fired a transgender employee who wished to dress as a woman. The suit was brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The judge faulted the EEOC for failing to try to reach an accommodation with the funeral home, and demanding that the employee be permitted to wear the skirt-suit the firm requires for female employees. The logic could apply to any type of gender or race discrimination a company says is motivated by religious views, lawyers tracking the case said.
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