June 2020

Supreme Court Ruling - June 14, 2020 LGBTQ and Workplace Rights

In a 6-3 ruling, the court ruled that federal civil rights laws protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace nationwide. The court cited the words of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, stating that employers may not fire or refuse to hire employees based on their race, religion, sex or national origin. The court's decision was based upon three separate employment cases brought before it in which the employers contend that intentional discrimination against employees based on their homosexual or transgender status was not a basis for Title VII liability. In each case, an adverse employment action was taken based upon the employee's sex.

Supreme Court Ruling - June 18, 2020 – Dreamers and Immigration Law

Young immigrants brought to the United States as children who applied for forbearance of removal in 2012. Three cases were brought before the court including one by the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump. The court ruled 5-4 in an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, that while the President had the legal authority to revoke DACA, the administration failed to give a reasoned explanation for ending the policy. "We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. 'The wisdom' of those decisions 'is none of our concern'... [W]e address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action."