Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga.
Buckley Bala Wilson Mew Prevails at the United States Supreme Court: Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga.
In a 6 to 3 ruling on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes LGBTQ employees. Buckley Bala Wilson Mew Partner Thomas J. Mew, IV represents Gerald Bostock, petitioner in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., and led the charge to secure this historic civil rights victory, which now ensures federal, uniform protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer employees from employment discrimination. The decision is a landmark for LGBTQ rights and human rights in the United States.
“There are no words to fully express Gerald Bostock’s sincere gratitude for the Supreme Court’s decision in his case. In a moment when so many are hurting and reeling from the injustices of inequality, this is a positive step in the right direction for equal rights,” said Mew. “But there is still so much work to be done, as recent events underscore. For the last seven years, Gerald’s been looking forward to this moment, and the chance to finally have his day in court. He is eager to resume his case and continue his fight for LGBTQ equality in Georgia and beyond; and, stand up for the equal rights of everyone.”
With Gerald’s case now reversed and remanded, Buckley Bala Wilson Mew will continue his fight in Georgia. If you are an LGBTQ individual with employment law concerns, please call 404-781-1101 to connect with our leading employment attorneys.
Gerald was an award-winning child welfare services coordinator for the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or “CASA” program in Clayton County, Georgia where he was able to take the program to unprecedented levels of success.
He was proudly making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in his community. But all that changed when the County learned Gerald was gay and had been encouraging friends in his gay softball league to volunteer for CASA. The County claimed he was guilty of “conduct unbecoming” and quickly fired Gerald after 10 years of faithful service.
Gerald filed a lawsuit challenging his termination because he believes he can prove that he was fired only because he is gay. With the help of his lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew, Gerald was able to pursue his case all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States and help end LGBTQ workplace discrimination.
- Petition for Writ of Certiorari
- Supplemental Brief of Petitioner Gerald Lynn Bostock
- Respondent’s Brief in Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari
- Reply Brief of Petitioner Gerald Lynn Bostock
- Brief for Petitioner Gerald Lynn Bostock
- Joint Appendix
- Joint Motion for Divided Argument
- Brief for Respondent Clayton County
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Gerald Lynn Bostock
- Opinion of the Court
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