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September 27, 2019


ACLU and Aimee Stephens Hold Monday Press Conference on First Transgender Rights Case to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court


American Civil Liberties Union client, Aimee Stephens, will attend oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8, as her case will be the first transgender civil rights case to be heard in Supreme Court history. Stephens and ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project Staff Attorney, Jay Kaplan, will address media outlets on this historic case.

In 2013, Stephens was fired from R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, after working nearly six years as a funeral director, when she informed the funeral home’s owner that she is a transgender woman. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued on her behalf, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Stephens’ favor stating that her employer unlawfully discriminated against her based on her sex. The ACLU represents Stephens before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Aimee Stephens, ACLU client
Jay Kaplan, ACLU of Michigan LGBT Project staff attorney

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 1 – 2 p.m.

ACLU of Michigan’s Detroit office located at: 2966 Woodward Avenue.

This press conference will also be live-streamed on the ACLU of Michigan
Facebook page.

Additional case background and corresponding documents, including amicus briefs filed in support of this case, are at: