The Unites States Supreme Court on Monday said that it will raise the question of whether transgender and gay workers are protected by the federal law that vetoes discrimination in the workplace.
The country’s highest court is taking into consideration three related cases.
In the two cases, the gay workers said that their employers fired them because of their sexual orientation.
And the other cases involved a funeral home worker who was fired after she told her employer that she was a transgender woman and would be wearing women’s cloth at work.
The nation’s high court will decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in the workplace based on color, sex, religion, race, or national origin, applies to gender identity and sexual orientation as well.
Lower courts have issued contradictory decisions in the absence of top US court’s ruling.
However, the case will be heard in the fall with ruling from US court next year.
The transgender case involves Aimee Stephens, who was fired after working six years at RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan as Anthony Stephens.
Stephens filed a lawsuit and gained support of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under the then President Barack Obama.
However, Donald Trump’s administration has taken the other track and the president gave Supreme Court two conservative justices since taking office.
A lower court in the Stephens case initially favored the funeral hone but a federal appeals court reversed the ruling that said that the firing was a form of sex discrimination.