Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:11

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to rehear case of discrimination based on sexual orientation

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The US federal court refused to rehear the case of Jameka Evans. She had been discriminated against by her employer, the Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah. Jameka had been forced to leave her job because she is a lesbian.

This year, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that 1964 Title VII doesn't protect discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment.

Helped by Lambda Legal, Jameka asked the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear her case, what the court refused.

But Jameka does not intend to give up and file a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court. We don't yet know if the Supreme Court will accept to take the case.

Also the Department of Commerce, which had implemented a policy of equal employment opportunities for same-sex workers, has released the 2017 version. This version has been modified and the protections for LGBTQ people have been removed.

The 2016 version provided protection based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, validity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Anything related to the LGBT community was removed in the 2017 version, which was considered by the administration as "accidental".

Trump administration, by its policies and appointments, erases more and more LGBTQ rights.

These are not battles lost in courts that can always be appealed, they are policies that are changed without any debate on the issue. We are simply deleted from the list of policies one after the other as if we don't exist. We still have three and a half years to hold, it's going to be long…