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Take a look at all the litigation related to LGBTQ non-discrimination that Freedom for All Americans is tracking. For every LGBTQ-related case, visit Equality Case Files.



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Fletcher v. State of Alaska

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Under Title VII

Key Date: February 19, 2020 • Oral Argument before Alaska District Court
Status: Awaiting Ruling from Alaska District Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Employment Discrimination

Fletcher v. State of Alaska is a case brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of a transgender state employee suing the state of Alaska under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because she was denied transition-related surgical treatment by her employee health care plan.

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Chelsea Nelson Photography, LLC v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government

Case Seeking Religious Exemptions from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: February 27, 2020 • Statement of Interest Filed by Department of Justice
Status: Pending before Federal District Court in Kentucky
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

The lawsuit seeks to preempt a local ordinance in Louisville, Kentucky that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.

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Rouch World v. Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights

Case Challenging State's Interpretation of Nondiscrimination Law

Key Date: February 13, 2020 • Initial Complaint Filed
Status: Undergoing Briefing in Michigan State Court
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

The case was filed against the Michigan Department of Civil Rights by a private park and wedding venue in Michigan who denied service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation. The venue argues that the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act doesn’t protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools

Case Concerning School Athletics for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 12, 2020 • Case Filed
Status: Undergoing in Briefing in Federal Court
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

Soul v. Connecticut Association of Schools is a case concerning discrimination based on gender identity or expression in schools. The lawsuit challenges the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and multiple school boards who have transgender-inclusive policies.

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Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 12, 2020 • 9th Circuit Ruling Affirming Dismissal of Case
Status: Case Dismissed by 9th Circuit
Legal Team: ACLU, ACLU of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

Dallas School District in Oregon has long had a policy respecting the gender identity of transgender students – but in 2017 an anti-LGBTQ organization filed a lawsuit challenging this policy, on behalf of several non-transgender students, who claim their privacy is threatened by transgender students using the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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Kadel v. Folwell

Case Concerning Discrimination in Health Care

Key Date: March 11, 2019 • Initial Complaint Filed
Status: Pending before District Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal & TLDEF
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Kadel v. Folwell is a case filed by Lambda Legal and TLDEF on behalf of North Carolina public employees, some who are transgender and others who are the family members of transgender people.

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New Hope Family Services v. Sheila J. Poole

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Key Date: February 19, 2019 • Hearing Before District Judge
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 19, 2019
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

The lawsuit centers on the state of New York's position that adoption and foster care agencies licensed by the state may not discriminate against prospective parents.

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Wittmer v. Phillips 66

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Gender Identity Under Title VII

Key Date: February 6, 2019 • Ruling Issued Against Plaintiff by 5th Circuit
Status: Awaiting Further Action
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Employment Discrimination

The case centers on Nicole Wittmer, who was offered employment with Phillips 66 after a job interview, but her job offer of employment was rescinded after her transgender status was disclosed.

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R.M.A v. Blue Springs R-IV School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 26, 2019 • Ruling from MO Supreme Court
Status: Ruling from Missouri Supreme Court
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

A school in Missouri is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students.

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Harold Lampley and Rene Frost v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Under State Law

Key Date: February 26, 2019 • Decision Issued by MO Supreme Court
Status: Ruling In Favor of Plaintiffs from Missouri Supreme Court
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Employment Discrimination

This case concerns two employees of the Missouri Department of Social Services claiming employment discrimination under Missouri's current human rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli

Case Seeking Religious Exemptions from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: March 18, 2019 • Supreme Court Denies Review in Case
Status: Resolved
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli concerns a business owner in Hawaii who denied service to a same-sex couple because of their sexual orientation.

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Walsh & Nance v. Friendship Village of South County

Case Concerning Housing Discrimination

Key Date: May 29, 2019 • Case Put On Hold Pending SCOTUS Resolution in Title VII Cases
Status: Pending before 8th Circuit
Legal Team: NCLR, ACLU of Missouri
Type: Housing Discrimination

Married couple Mary Walsh and Bev Nance sought housing at the Friendship Village of South County , a senior housing community in St. Louis, Missouri. Friendship Village told Walsh and Nance that it would not accept them as residents because it followed the “Biblical definition” of marriage and “defined marriage as between a man and a woman.” Friendship Village is not affiliated with or operated by any religion or religious order, is open to the public, and does not inquire about the religious beliefs or affiliations of residents.

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Marouf v. Azar

Case Concerning Discrimination in Foster Care

Key Date: June 12, 2019 • District Court Denied Motion to Dismiss Case
Status: Pending Before U.S. District Court of District of Columbia
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

On June 12, 2019, the District Court denied defendants' motion to dismiss.

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Hands On Originals v. Baker

Case Seeking Religious Exemption From Local Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Key Date: October 31, 2019 • Kentucky Supreme Court Ruling
Status: Ruling Issued by Kentucky Supreme Court
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In May 2017, the Kentucky Appeals Court overturned a lower ruling that determined Hands On Originals had discriminated against an LGBTQ organization when it refused to print t-shirts for a Pride organization.

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Sharonell Fulton et al. v. City of Philadelphia

Case Concerning Discrimination in Adoption

Key Date: February 24, 2020 • Supreme Court Grants Review in Case
Status: Awaiting Briefing at the U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Team: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

On June 5, lawyers for the plaintiff filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent the city of Philadelphia from terminating a contract with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia..

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