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In Long-Awaited Victory, SCOTUS Rules LGBTQ Workers Protected by the Civil Rights Act

HeadlineJun 16, 2020

In a major victory for the LGBTQ community and civil rights, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace. The historic 6-3 ruling comes after decades of legal battles and campaigning. The ruling was penned by one of the court’s most conservative justices: Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the majority opinion in stating that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, applies to gay and transgender people. At least half of the 50 states previously allowed employers to fire workers for being LGBTQ. We’ll have more on this story after headlines.

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