Episode 003: Philadelphia
Possibly the most timely episode we will ever release, Philadelphia (starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) tells the story of a young lawyer fired by his law firm for being gay and having AIDS. He files a lawsuit against his old firm, capitalizing on an early landmark case for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, in which the Supreme Court held that the firing of a school teacher because she had tuberculosis violated the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
This past Monday, June 15, 2020, (the date we recorded this episode) the Supreme Court issued an even more significant decision: Bostock v. Clayton County. Thanks to this decision, as of Monday it is illegal for any employer with over 15 employees to discriminate against an employee on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
In this episode, we mention an installment of Dahlia Lithwick’s podcast, Amicus, in which she interviews one of the attorneys working on the Bostock case. That episode can be found here.