The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving a Detroit funeral home.
Harris Funeral Home v. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the first case to address transgendered people’s rights. Aimee Stephens was hired in 2007 as a man, transitioned to a woman in 2013 and notified her boss that she would be dressing as a woman going forward.
She was fired for violating the company’s sex-specific dress code. The owners said they believed she could no longer effectively deal with grieving families as a funeral director. Supporters for Stephens marched at the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices heard the case.
“ACLU is using my grandfather’s business to achieve a political goal,” Harris Funeral Homes director Tom Rost said.
“What happened to me was wrong,” Stephens said.
The funeral home’s attorney argued that the ACLU is trying to change existing sex discrimination laws that the company didn’t violate.
The decision is expected to be released next June.