June 19, 2020
A New Normal
Dear Friends,

This week, Chief Judge of the Cobb County Superior Court Reuben Green issued a memorandum detailing the guidelines the Courts will be following in order to protect the health of employees and the general public. Similarly, as each of us inches our way back into the public space, we need to remember that we're entering a new normal. At this moment in time, it's worth asking ourselves: What changes we need to make both to our mindset and to our actions to prepare ourselves, shift gears to address the problems in front of us, and protect the health and safety of those around us?

As always, you can reach our office at (770) 425-5573 or by visiting our website at gentrylawfirmgeorgia.com . Head to our Facebook , YouTube , Twitter , Instagram , and LinkedIn accounts to stay on top of how we're serving you and our community during this time, and above all, stay healthy.

Bill Gentry
Gentry Law Firm LLC
Extended Judicial Emergency & Reopening Guidelines
Over the past week, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court Harold Melton acted to extend the judicial emergency once again through July 14, 2020. The Cobb County Superior Court also issued their own set of guidelines for how they will be protecting the health of everyone passing through their doors once they're fully open to the public again.

You can find the full judicial emergency extension order here and Chief Judge Reuben Green's memorandum on safety guidelines here .
Employment Law and COVID-19 with Linwood Gunn
On Tuesday, local employment and discrimination attorney Linwood Gunn was my guest for our Lunch & Learn webinar. He shared details about how his practice has been affected by the coronavirus. He also discussed helpful tips on how both employers and employees can adhere to legal guidelines for the workplace – as well as his insight into this week's Supreme Court decision .

Click here to watch the full webinar.
Reelection to Board of Governors
I was honored and humbled to be chosen by my colleagues to continue serving the 7th Post of the Cobb Circuit on the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my efforts in this role.

Click here to learn more about this and other representatives from Cobb County from the Marietta Daily Journal.
Cobb Chamber Small Business Relief Grants
If you're a small business owner looking for more ways to get coronavirus relief funds, the Cobb County Government is partnering with SelectCobb to allocate more funds to struggling local businesses.

Click here for more information on how to apply!
News & Resources
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
In each of these cases, an employer allegedly fired a long-time employee simply for being homosexual or transgender. Clayton County, Georgia, fired Gerald Bostock for conduct “unbecoming” a county employee shortly after he began participating in a gay recreational softball league. Altitude Express fired Donald Zarda days after he mentioned being gay. And R. G. & G. R. Harris Funeral Homes fired Aimee Stephens, who presented as a male when she was hired, after she informed her employer that she planned to “live and work full-time as a woman.” Each employee sued, alleging sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Eleventh Circuit held that Title VII does not prohibit employers from firing employees for being gay and so Mr. Bostock’s suit could be dismissed as a matter of law. The Second and Sixth Circuits, however, allowed the claims of Mr. Zarda and Ms. Stephens, respectively, to proceed. 

Click here to read the full Supreme Court decision.
12 last-minute Father's Day gifts that don't require shipping
Father's Day is this Sunday, June 21—and if you haven't yet gotten a gift for Dad, there's still time. While it's too late to order some of the most popular Father's Day gifts to arrive by this weekend, there are a few that don't require any shipping. You can wait until the very last minute and still show up to Father's Day with a present in hand.

Click here for more ideas for Father's Day gifts!