Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital
Lambda Legal is urging the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling and allow Jameka Evans to present her case alleging that Georgia Regional Hospital of Savannah harassed and punished her, eventually forcing her resignation, because she is a lesbian.
In April 2015, Evans filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia against her former employer, Georgia Regional Hospital, claiming the hospital was violating Title VII by discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation and her nonconformity with gender norms of appearance and demeanor. The district court dismissed Ms. Evans’ complaint, arguing that Title VII does not protect employees from such discrimination. Lambda Legal filed its brief with the Eleventh Circuit in its appeal of that ruling, arguing that Evans must have her day in court, because sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination under Title VII.
For years, Lambda Legal has been explaining to courts that Title VII, when properly understood, protects LGBT employees. Three of Lambda Legal’s successful efforts in 2014, in federal courts in Seattle, Chicago, and Washington D.C., were cited by the EEOC in Baldwin v. Foxx. In September 2015, Lambda Legal appeared before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Kim Hively, a college instructor fired from her job for being a lesbian whose similar Title VII claim was also dismissed by a federal district court in Indiana.
- January 2016 Lambda Legal files appeal with the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- March 10 2017 Eleventh Circuit affirms a lower district court’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit.
Gregory R. Nevins