SCOTUS Rules To Protect LGBTQ Workers, Expanding Interpretation Of Title VII
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In a 6 to 3 decision, the Supreme Court held that gay, lesbian, and transgender workers are protected from discrimination in the work place under federal law, giving them nationwide protection. The ruling comes in three cases, involving two gay men and a transgender woman, from Georgia, New York, and Michigan who said they were fired in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civi Rights Act. The provision explicitly prohibits discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, but it did not specifically name sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes.”
This court ruling resolves the question. Justice Neil Gorsuch stated, “Sex plays a necessary and undistinguishable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the decision, in italics, below:
“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire some one simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual merely for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the laws.”
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in what may become a landmark case on the workplace rights of LGBTQ Americans. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex — but does it also protect against discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity? William Brangham talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal, in the video “Supreme Court weighs whether LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination“, below:
The court ruled employees cannot be discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in the video “LGBTQ community reacts to Supreme Court ruling“, below:
Supreme Court hands victory to LGBTQ workers under Civil Rights Act Title VII provision. The Supreme Court has ruled it illegal to fire a worker because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. CBS News’ Natalie Brand reports on the case, and then Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson joined CBSN to discuss the legal implications, in the video “Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers“, below:
Members of the LGBTQ community called the Supreme Court ruling that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment “unambiguous” and “surprising.” in the video “LGBTQ Community Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling In Favor of Workers’ Civil Rights“, below:
Justice Clarence Thomas will be absent from the court due to illness as justices take on three cases involving gay and transgender rights and discrimination in the workplace, in the video “Supreme Court takes on cases on gay rights, discrimination, ABC News“, below:
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects gay and transgender workers from job discrimination in a watershed decision that gives millions of LGBT people in dozens of states civil rights they had sought for decades. Bloomberg’s Josh Eidelson has more on “Bloomberg Markets.” in the video “Supreme Court Shields LGBT Workers From On-Job Bias in Landmark Decision“, below:
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