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June 15, 2020

Supreme Court Rules Employers Can’t Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ 

Supreme Court Rules Employers Can’t Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ 

This is a breakthrough for the LGBTQ+ community! 

The Supreme Court ruled today (June 15) that the LGBTQ+ community is protected under federal law from workplace discrimination. The move comes a day after thousands of demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles and New York, demanding racial equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

This is a huge step considering that lower courts didn’t include sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination under the Civil Rights Act. The justices announced, “The court ruled the 1964 Civil Rights Act — which prohibits discrimination, among other things, based on race, sex, national origin — also applies to sexual orientation and gender discrimination,” TMZ reports. 

The Supreme Court based the decision after two alarming cases. A man in Clayton, GA who says he was fired from his social work job after he became more open about being gay. In another case, a transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, was fired after telling the owners from a funeral home she worked at about her gender transition, then she died in May. 

The article also states, “The Trump administration sided with employers, despite the fact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided in 2015 gay and transgender individuals were federally protected.” Also, last week the administration announced they plan on erasing protections for transgender patients seeking medical care, by narrowing the legal definition of sex discrimination so as not to include transgender people. It’s not clear if the “SCOTUS ruling would torpedo Trump’s effort,” the source reports.