After a three-month break, the Supreme Court of the United States is back in session this week – and we are watching a number of cases that will impact our democracy and civil rights.
Learn more about our top cases to watch:
Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis – To protect the rights of workers, LDF teamed with the Impact Fund and Cohen Milstein to file an amicus brief in this trio of cases. The cases address the question of whether employers can force workers to abandon their class action rights.
Gill v. Whitford – The Supreme Court’s decision on Whitford, which concerns the limits on partisan gerrymandering, could impact redistricting efforts nationwide, including the redistricting that will be done at all levels of government after the 2020 Census. LDF filed an amicus brief reminding the Supreme Court that as it considers a standard to protect against partisan redistricting, it should do so without undermining critical protections for minority voters like the Voting Rights Act.
Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute – The Supreme Court will determine whether Ohio can purge voters from the rolls solely because they did not or could not vote over two election cycles. LDF filed an amicus brief opposing Ohio’s process of purging citizens from the state’s voter registration rolls.
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – This case addresses whether a bakery’s refusal to make cakes for same-sex couples violates Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. LDF believes, in accordance with civil rights law, that no one should be denied equal access to places of public accommodation based on who they are. We are preparing to file an amicus brief in this case later this month.
As you can see, we are entering a critical moment to protect and potentially advance civil rights for millions of people. With the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court is back at full strength and taking on cases that will greatly affect the future of civil rights. I encourage you to read more about these cases on our website, and I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.