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Louisiana AG wants court to reject transgender protections

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, August 30 2018 Aug 30, 2018 August 30, 2018 12:39 PM August 30, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's attorney general joined 15 other Republican leaders asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers based on their gender identity.

Attorney General Jeff Landry signed onto a legal brief seeking to overturn a lower court decision that determined a Michigan funeral home unlawfully fired a transgender employee.

The appeals court ruled that federal anti-discrimination laws protected her and an employer's religious beliefs cannot be used to justify her firing.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Thursday that 13 attorneys general, including Landry, and three governors disagree. They argue the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity.

In 2016, Landry successfully challenged Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order aimed at protecting LGBT people working for the state from discrimination.

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