Today is another victory for the LGBQT community!

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Today is another victory for the LGBQT community! The Supreme Court today has federally extended workplace protections to gay, lesbian and transgender workers nationwide. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which previously did not extend the protection for gender identity, now makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation or transgender status. There are already twenty-two states, including California, that protect workers from discrimination based on gender identity, so this landmark ruling extends protection to the remaining LGBQT workers across the country.  

According to the UCLA’s William Institute, the LGBTQ community is made up of about 1 million workers, so this ruling is a major step to the civil rights of gay and transgender individuals. The vote was 6-3 and was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices. The ruling covered two sets of cases that included the firing of gay men and second case of a transgender woman. The court also reviewed the common understanding of sex discrimination, which did not previously include discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

We are thrilled to celebrate another significant win with the LGBQT community, and especially pleased that this decision has come down during Pride month!  

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