Now comes recent news that the Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a $135,000 fine against two bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein, who refused to bake a cake for same sex couple Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer who were getting married.
Carson Whitehead, Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, represented Bureau of Labor and Industries. He argued the case turns on two simple facts:
The Kleins refused to provide the exact same service for a same-sex couple that they would with a heterosexual couple, and the denial of services was based on sexual orientation.
Here in Palm Beach County, Florida, bakeries are similar required to serve same-sex couples as set forth in Palm Beach’s anti-discrimination law, which was expanded in 2015.
Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims. You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.