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BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Rules Gay and Transgender Workers Protected by Title VII

Mon June 15, 2020 Publications

Title VII prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender workers, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 15, 2020. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the 6-3 majority and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex.

The case on appeal involved a gay man who was fired from a Georgia government program after he joined a gay softball league. The Court wrote that Title VII’s message “is equally simple and momentous: An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

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