Shutt to discuss landmark LGBTQ rights case at the USC School of Law
COLUMBIA, SC – Nekki Shutt, a certified employment law specialist, is joining two other panelists tomorrow to discuss Bostock v. Clayton County and its impact on LGBTQ workplace discrimination.
The landmark U.S. Supreme decision made it clear that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also covers sexual orientation and gender identity. Further, the court ruled that those suffering such discrimination are protected even if an employer’s policy as a whole doesn’t discriminate.
The case started after a Georgia man, Gerald Bostock, joined a gay softball league. His employer, Clayton County in the Atlanta metropolitan area, subsequently fired him for “conduct unbecoming a county employee.” This was despite Bostock’s 10-year record of good performance evaluations.
The Supreme Court ruling handed down in June was a major step forward for LGBTQ rights in the workplace.
Shutt, a co-founder of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, will join Courtney Little John, an attorney and U.S. postal inspector, and Holly James, a law student and National LGBT Bar Law Student Executive Board Member, for the discussion. The online session is for University of South Carolina School of Law students.
Shutt’s practice focuses on litigation, including discrimination, civil rights and wrongful termination. She represents many clients forced to fight the system for their benefits under ERISA law. Shutt also represents whistleblowers in qui tam cases.