(AP) When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case about a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in workplaces, it could spell trouble for some in the transgender community.
Bethany Williams, a senior attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she expects the justices to rule against the Obama administration on the issue.
She said that would make it difficult for businesses and other employers to keep employees from using restrooms that match their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Williams said the law was enacted to prevent employers from firing someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In many states, it prohibits employers from discriminating against people based on their gender or sexual identity.
Williams says businesses have been using the law to fire people who are transgender for years.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a key provision of the law.
The law requires businesses to allow transgender people access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities and gender expressions.