<div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Aimee Stephens was at the center of the US Supreme Court’s first case on transgender rights</p> </div> <p>A funeral parlor has agreed to pay $250,000 to end a legal dispute with a late transgender employee at the heart of a landmark US Supreme Court ruling.</p> <p>Detroit-based Harris Funeral Homes will donate $130,000 to a trust created to honor the legacy of Aimee Stephens, who died in May at the age of 59.</p> <p>It will also pay $120,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented her in court, after a federal judge agreed the terms of the agreement on Monday.</p> <p>After working for six years at the funeral home — while presenting as a man — Stephens told her employer that she was actually a transgender woman, and had started to transition to her true gender.</p> <p>Her boss, a self-described “fervent Christian,” fired Stephens, arguing that he did not want to disturb the mourning of his clients.</p> <p>Stephens filed a discrimination lawsuit.
After losing in a lower court, she won on appeal — and her former employer took the case to the Supreme Court, in its first case on transgender rights.</p> <p>The court delivered a victory for the transgender community in June, ruling that employers cannot discriminate against workers because of their sexual orientation or transgender identity.</p> <p>In a blow to the administration of President Donald Trump, the court ruled that a 1964 law, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person’s sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.</p> <p>”This settlement marks a closing chapter in Aimee Stephens’ remarkable fight for justice,” Chase Strangio, of the ACLU, said in a statement.
<b>”We are sad that Aimee is not here to experience this contact form moment.”</p></div></b>
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