Filed by: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss
July 7, 2010 9:30 AM
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled late Friday that the Georgia General Assembly illegally discriminated against a transgender woman by firing her when she announced her plan to transition from male to female.
In so doing, the Georgia federal court has joined a number of other courts around the country that have ruled similarly. The case, Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn v. Sewell R. Brumby, could now be appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As I argued in a recent law review article, I believe that a case on this issue will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few years, and, what’s more, I believe that the Supreme Court would uphold the application of sex discrimination law to transgender employees. Many scholars disagree with my analysis, but that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.