Aimee Stephens worked in the funeral home business for nearly 30 years. She’d been employed at Michigan’s R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes for nearly seven years and had always received positive evaluations and raises for her good work there.
Then Stephens informed her boss that, after a lifelong struggle to live as the woman she always knew herself to be, she was finally going to transition and begin coming to work following the dress codes for women.
She was summarily fired for being transgender.
Stephens sued for discrimination under Title VII, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex. Decades of established law were on her side, with courts consistently ruling that Title VII included workplace protections for gender identity.