On June 4, 2018, the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of a self-described cake artist in Colorado to refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. As framed by the Supreme Court, the issue in the case was, “whether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel Phillips [the baker] to create expression that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the Free Speech or Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.” In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that Phillips’ religious beliefs were sincerely held, that he was protected under the Constitution’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause, and that he therefore did not violate the state’s public accommodations law.  Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Docket No. 16-111 (U.S. Supreme Court June 4, 2018).

The facts in the case were not disputed. David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, in July 2012, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception.  Because same-sex marriage was not legal in Colorado at the time, Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends at a reception in Colorado. But bakery owner Jack Phillips informed them that the bakery wouldn’t sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples. He did offer to sell the couple baked goods for other purposes but cited his religious objections to same-sex marriage as the reason for refusing to sell the couple a wedding cake.  Thereafter, Mullins and Craig filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“Commission”), which ruled that Phillips had engaged in sexual orientation discrimination under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.   The Commission’s decision was affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals; the Colorado Supreme Court denied review; and the case was then accepted for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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With a career spanning three decades, Laurie Baulig has been a litigator for the federal government, a private practitioner, in-house counsel for two business trade associations, and a teacher at a liberal arts college.  She founded Baulig Law with the idea that, at its best, law is a service profession that should be transparent, accessible and affordable.  The firm’s focus on employment law also reflects her philosophy that both businesses and their employees benefit when the workplace is free from discrimination, unfair wage practices, and unsafe or unhealthy conditions.

Laurie began her career as an antitrust litigator for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.  She later shifted her focus to employment law as in-house counsel for the American Trucking Associations, one of the largest business trade groups in the nation’s capital.   While at ATA, she travelled across the country explaining the requirements of new laws passed by Congress – such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Act of 1991, and Family and Medical Leave Act – and regulatory proposals that would have an impact on the trucking industry.   This experience not only confirmed her passion for employment law, but also awakened her interest in teaching.   So she left D.C. for Lancaster, PA in 2008 to serve as adjunct assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College.  From 2008-13, she taught Human Resources Management, Gender and the Law, and other courses affecting legal rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

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