Supreme Court rules federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers
- Editor’s note: Last Friday June 12, the Trump administration finalized their rollback of protections against gender identity discrimination in health care regulated by the Affordable Care Act. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) was filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump-Pence administration’s decision to roll back critical LGBTQ civil rights protections. The ruling may help in that effort.
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, delivering a major victory in the fight for civil rights for LGBTQ people.
“The court’s 6-3 ruling extends the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion, to include LGBTQ people. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, who authored the majority’s opinion, joined the liberal wing of the bench in ruling that ‘an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII,'” by Melissa Quinn, CBS News. Read more