by JULIE MOREAU, PH.D.
Jameka Evans was discriminated against and effectively forced from her job as a security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah because she is a lesbian and didn't conform to gender norms, according to the lawsuit she filed against her former employer in April 2015.
Evans and her attorneys at LGBTQ nonprofit Lambda Legal claim her termination violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion — and they are hoping to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
After Evans’ case was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, which maintained Title VII does not cover sexual orientation, her attorneys appealed the lower court’s ruling to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The 11th Circuit dismissed the case earlier this year and then on Thursday denied a petition to have the case reconsidered.