LGBTQ+ Ruling Could Overturn HHS Final Rule, Experts Say

The Supreme Court’s June 15 ruling on LGBTQ+ workforce protections in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, could supersede a recently finalized rule by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that stripped gender identity protections from anti-discrimination provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legal experts say. However, the same experts emphasize that the matter is still an open question and is likely to play out over time in lower courts.

In Bostock, the Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The case originated with Gerald Bostock, who sued his employer, Clayton County, when he was fired after mentioning that he was the member of a gay softball league.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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