SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT BASED UPON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
In a 6-3 decision that decided three pending cases, the Supreme Court held that the prohibition in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 of discrimination in the workplace based upon “sex” prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation as well.
The three cases which led to the decision were brought by two men who alleged they were fired because they were gay and a transitioning transgender worker who was fired after informing her employer that she would no longer present as a man.
The decision is significant because there is no federal statute explicitly protecting the employment rights of LGBT workers and less than half of the states had passed laws prohibiting discrimination based upon sexual orientation.
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