Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Webinar: What the LGBTQ Supreme Court Ruling Means for Contractors

Jun 25, 2020

Supreme Court -1033924866 600x450Last week, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in an employment discrimination case based on sexual orientation in which the Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

SMACNA will host a free Webinar, Understanding What Protection of Sexual Orientation Under Federal Law Means For Contractors, to explain how the Supreme Court decision in BOSTOCK v. CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA et al. could impact your business.

Host Penny Phillips, an employment and labor attorney at Felhaber Larson, will take participants through an in-depth discussion of what the ruling means to SMACNA contractors. Topics will include:

  • Breakdown of what the SCOTUS decision says

  • Discussion of what federal protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act means

  • Its impact on contractors, with state laws providing protections for LGBTQIA employees

  • Practical advice for contractors to comply with Title VII under this decision

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Register here.

Case Background

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in three consolidated cases: Bostock v. Clayton CountyAltitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC.  The issue in each case revolved around the meaning of “sex” in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and whether discrimination because of “sex” covers discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, not just based on being a man or a woman. The Supreme Court found that it did, leading to protection in the workplace, under federal law, from harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.