Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ+ People Protected From Job Discrimination

6/15/2020 11:00:00 PM



The 6-3 ruling is historic in more ways than one.

Bostock v.Terms of Service Across the nation, 21 states have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.While workers in about half the country were protected by local laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, there was no federal law that explicitly barred LGBT workers from being fired on that basis.rights on Monday, deciding that LGBT workers are protected by federal anti-discrimination law.

Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express v.Zarda and R.Those laws remain in force, but Monday's ruling means federal law now provides similar protection for LGBT employees in the rest of the country.G.They argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which says that employers may not discriminate based on "sex," also applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.& G.They conceded that sexual orientation was not on the minds of anyone in Congress when the civil rights law was passed.R.

Harris Funeral Homes v.The ruling was a victory for Gerald Bostock, who was fired from a county job in Georgia after he joined a gay softball team, and the relatives of Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who was fired after he told a female client not to worry about being strapped tightly to him during a jump, because he was"100 percent gay.Zarda passed away before the case was argued and his challenge was pursued by his family.EEOC.Gorsuch, a 2017 appointee to the court by current President Donald Trump, has been thought to lean conservative in his opinions for the court and was widely opposed by leftists during the nomination process.The Trump administration had urged the court to rule that Title VII does not cover cases like those, in a reversal from the position the government took during the Obama administration.Some scholars believe that his decision in this particular situation is due to his on interpreting the US Constitution.Clayton County, Georgia; Altitude Express v.Three justices wrote in dissent of the majority: Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas."An employer who discriminates against employees in same-sex relationships thus does not violate Title VII as long as it treats men in same-sex relationships the same as women in same-sex relationships.

Their dissent proved unsurprising to those following the case, and was backed by their opinions that the law needs reconsideration and rewriting by Congress and not the courts.Still, the ruling is a huge victory for LGBTQ+ Americans who have faced employment discrimination, now protecting them under the same law barring discrimination based on"race, color, religion, sex or national origin.He was succeeded by Brett Kavanaugh, who is generally more conservative than Kennedy.& G." The key deciding word for the cases in the opinion delivered today, it seems, was"sex." Gorsuch himself wrote that,"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," thus providing a robust outline for the rest of the opinion..Activists and reporters took to Twitter to celebrate the big win,.Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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