June 17, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Affirms LGBT Rights in Case Involving Former CASA Staff Member
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in a case involving a former Clayton County, Georgia, employee who was terminated from the county-run CASA program more than seven years ago. That former employee, Mr. Gerald Bostock, alleged workplace discrimination on the basis of his sexual orientation. After hearing that case and two others, all challenging workplace discrimination on the basis of LGBT identity, the Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from discrimination in the workplace. With this ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed Mr. Bostock’s case against the county to resume.
For the most part, media coverage in Mr. Bostock’s case has identified his employer as the county, without much mention of the CASA program. Neither National CASA/GAL nor Georgia CASA Association have had a role in the litigation, as neither have a direct authority in personnel matters of local programs – neither organization makes hiring or termination decisions for the programs, and this program in particular is run by the county.
National CASA/GAL remains committed to our policies of non-discrimination and inclusion. We embrace the diversity of all of our volunteers, staff, supporters, and the children and youth we serve, recognizing that a diverse CASA/GAL network helps us to better understand and advance the well-being of the children and families.
Building on our legacy of quality advocacy, we acknowledge the need to understand, respect and value diversity including a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, race, religion, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability or socioeconomic status.
As an organization, one of our core values is respect. We respect and celebrate the diversity in all of its forms, understand that it affects all aspects of our work at National CASA/GAL, and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment and network.
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