Supreme Court Rules Gay And Lesbian People Are Protected From Being Fired For Their Sexuality By Civil Rights Laws

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and lesbian people from discrimination in employment, a victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court.  The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against gay and lesbian workers.  Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump, authored the majority opinion, which he was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts.    “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Gorsuch wrote.  “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” he added.

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The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.  The court issued its ruling yesterday after considering Appeals Court rulings on multiple cases where people were fired from their jobs after revealing their identity as gay or transgender.  In none of the cases did the employer dispute this as a cause of the firing. The ruling will likely have a huge impact on the estimated 8.1-million LGBT workers in the U.S., because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan