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Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital

Case Concerning Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Under Title VII

Key Date: December 11, 2017
Status: Petition for Certiorari Denied by U.S. Supreme Court Conference
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Employment Discrimination

Case Overview:

Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital is a case concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case dates back to April 2015, when Jameka Evans claimed that her former employer, Georgia Regional Hospital, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation and gender non-conformity.

The case argues, as many courts have ruled in the past, that existing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex also extend to discrimination based on sexual orientation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against people based on their sex – and many litigators over the course of many years have successfully argued that this also protects LGBT people from employment discrimination.

The case was led by Lambda Legal.

Latest in the Case:

On September 7, Lambda Legal appealed an adverse ruling in this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. On December 11, the Supreme Court Justices denied review in the case.

The development comes after Evans’ complaint was dismissed by a federal judge and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, who both argued that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Case History:

Here’s an overview of key dates and rulings in Evans:

  • July 6, 2017: The 11th Circuit rejects the plaintiff’s request for an en banc rehearing. Lambda Legal immediately vows to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • September 7, 2017: Lambda Legal files petition for certiorari, requesting review from the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • October 20, 2017: Several “friend-of-the-court” briefs are filed in the case urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case, including a brief from 79 businesses and organizations.
  • November 20, 2017: Petition for certiorari is distributed for the December 8, 2017 conference at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Justices will weigh whether or not to review the case.
  • December 8, 2017: U.S. Supreme Court conferences on this case.
  • December 11, 2017: U.S. Supreme Court denies review of the case, leaving for another day resolution on whether Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Last Updated December 29, 2017

Lambda Legal's Case Page 11th Circuit Dissent Explaining Why Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

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