Press Release June 15, 2020

Goodwin Partners with The Legal Aid Society on Historic Title VII Victory in the U.S. Supreme Court

Earlier today, in the midst of Pride Month, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a landmark 6-3 decision that “[a]n employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law" in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964.  The Legal Aid Society, represented by Goodwin, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court arguing that precedent, social science, and the experience of Legal Aid’s clients demonstrate that Title VII precludes employer discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status.  
 
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.  It is guided by one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty.  As an institutional provider of representation to low-income New Yorkers, and through its LGBT Law and Policy Initiative to combat poverty and homelessness among LGBT persons, Legal Aid has represented members of the LGBT community in thousands of cases, including numerous cases involving transgender-status and sexual-orientation discrimination.
 
The Goodwin team was led by partner Brian Burgess and associate William Evans, and included of counsel Frederick Rein and partner Michael Cottler, along with former associates Nicole Tate-Naghi and Amanda Protess.