According to the lawsuit, Stephens's firing amounted to unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII-a federal law that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex [or] national origin".
"Discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status is necessarily discrimination on the basis of sex", one of the judges wrote in the ruling. "It also ensures that employers will not be able to use their religious beliefs against trans employees, ruling that there is no "right to discriminate" in the workplace".
Although transgender people are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible and Jesus preaches against discrimination, Rost had told the court his transphobic actions were protected because he "sincerely believes that the Bible teaches that a person's sex is an immutable God-given gift", and that he would be "violating God's commands if he were to permit one of the Funeral Home's funeral directors to deny their sex while acting as a representative of the organization".
In a statement, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the funeral home, said it is consulting with its client and considering their option for an appeal. He said in a statement that the opinion "rewrites federal law and is directly contrary to decisions from other federal appellate courts".
The owners of the funeral home, who did not immediately return a call for comment, argued in court that transitioning to another gender is against their beliefs. "It does address the funeral home's religious excuse in a comprehensive and powerful way".
"But this ruling affirms that that is illegal, setting an important precedent confirming that transgender people are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act", Knight added.
Whether Title VII anti-discrimination laws in employment extend to sexual orientation and gender identity is an issue that's been has been widely disputed.
"Including protection for gender identity under Title VII would threaten the religious liberty of people like Tom Rost who operate their businesses according to the principles of their faith".
The Sixth Circuit appears to be the first circuit to address anew in a published opinion whether Title VII's sex bias prohibition also outlaws gender identity bias in the absence of proof that the discrimination targeted a worker for behavior that allegedly didn't conform to perceived traditional gender stereotypes, Nevins said.
Anne Noel Occhiallino of the EEOC in Washington represented the commission. But, two weeks after asking for support as she began presenting as a woman, her boss, Thomas Rost, told her they found it unacceptable for her to being dressing as a woman, and let her go.
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Porter will play Thursday
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