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June 26, 2020

Kulas-Dominguez Talks with Grand Rapids Business Journal on SCOTUS Ruling

Peter Kulas-Dominguez, who chairs the State Bar of Michigan LGBTQA section, recently spoke with the Grand Rapids Business Journal on the Supreme Court of the United States landmark decision ruling that an employer violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 if it fires or discriminates against an employee because of the employee’s sexual orientation or transgender status.

 
The decision comes after a number of national high-profile cases, including one in Michigan where a funeral home employee, Aimee Stephens, was terminated after sharing she planned to live and work as a woman. Ms. Stephens had previously presented as a man.
 
Kulas-Dominguez, who is a senior counsel at Warner, shared that while this was a huge victory for the LGBTQA community, there is still much work to do be done. Specifically, he noted Title VII protections do not safeguard against discrimination in housing, health care, education and accessibly, among others. He shares expanding Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civic Rights Act, which needs to be done through the Michigan Supreme Court, will be critical in specifying LGBTQA individuals as a protected class in the state.
 
One of the best ways people can contribute to the fight for LGBTQA equality is through education, according to Kulas-Dominguez. Taking the time to educate yourself and sharing that education with your community creates change from a grassroots level. You can read the full article here.
 

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