On an NBC Boston news segment, Mintz Member Drew DeVoogd discussed the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 15 decision in the consolidated cases captioned Bostock v. Clayton County, which ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mr. DeVoogd led the Mintz pro bono team that co-authored an amicus brief along with nearly 40 law and history professors with expertise in GLBTQ rights and history, and in collaboration with GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Freedom for All Americans. The brief urged the Supreme Court to rely on plain statutory text to hold that transgender discrimination is discrimination based on sex, and also provided the Court with important legal and historical context regarding the discrimination suffered by transgender individuals based on sex — even decades before the passage of Title VII. The Mintz team filed the amicus brief in support of Aimee Stephens, the lone transgender employee in the three consolidated cases.
The Mintz pro bono team involved in the drafting of this brief also included Member and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee Susan Finegan and Associate Gauri Punjabi, along with several firm alumni and professional staff.