RIP Ann Hopkins


By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission –, Public Domain, Link

Yesterday’s blog post highlighted the blistering dissent of Eleventh Circuit judge Hon. Robin S. Rosenbaum, as she criticized her colleagues for passing on the opportunity to reconsider whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protected employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. In Judge Rosenbaum’s opinion, Title VII does afford those protections based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins. In that case, the Court concluded that sex stereotyping violates Title VII.  (It follows that Title VII precludes discrimination based on sexual orientation because of the failure to conform to the gender-based stereotype of loving someone of the opposite sex.On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Ann Hopkins, the “Hopkins” in  Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins had died. You can read the obituary NYT obituary here and the WaPo obituary here.

Ms. Hopkins was 74 years old.

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