As the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to take up cases dealing with workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, one lawyer who’s watching closely is Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Todd Anten.
For more than a year, the New York-based litigator has represented a coalition of companies that argue Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses sexual orientation discrimination in its ban on discrimination based on sex. Beyond that, Anten’s clients insist that securing protection for LGBT workers is good for business and the economy.
On this Legal Speak podcast, Anten talks with Law.com reporter Erin Mulvaney about the long fight for employment protections, why courts are so divided, and what’s changed with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. (From Anten’s perspective, not as much as you’d think.)