Hobby Lobby loses Illinois transgender rest room accessibility case

“Sommerville is female, just like the girls who are permitted to use the women’s rest room,” the court reported. “The only reason that Sommerville is barred from employing the women’s bathroom is that she is a transgender woman, as opposed to the other gals (at least, as far as Pastime Lobby is aware of.)”

The ruling marks a major advancement in an aspect of LGBT employment legal rights that the U.S. Supreme Court docket didn’t tackle in its landmark 2020 final decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which claimed federal workplace legislation prohibits discrimination dependent on gender id or sexual

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Hobby Lobby Loses 11 Year Fight To Block Trans Woman From Bathroom

“Sommerville’s sex is unquestionably female,” ruled the Illinois Second District Appellate Court on Friday, “just like the women who are permitted to use the women’s bathroom.”

With that crucial determination, the judges unanimously concluded that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. violated the law in Illinois by denying a transgender woman employee access to its women’s bathroom in the store in which she’s worked for almost 23 years.

“They stuck to the law,” Meggan Sommerville, 51, told me in a phone interview. “I think that, to me, was as much of a victory as anything else; That the

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