By ED WHITE
DETROIT (AP) – The government has cleared an important hurdle in a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender employee who was fired by a Detroit-area funeral home.READ MORE: Michigan Voters Urged To Hand-Deliver Absentee Ballots
Federal Judge Sean Cox this week turned down a request to dismiss the case.
Cox says federal law doesn’t specifically protect a transgender person. But he says there’s binding legal precedent that protects people who are fired for failing to conform to a gender-based expectation.READ MORE: Detroit Animal Care To Hold ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Adoption Event October 28-31
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home in Garden City. Amiee Stephens, an embalmer and funeral director, was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and would dress as a woman.
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