Civil Rights Law Protects LGBTQ Workers, Supreme Court Rules

“Because discrimination on the basis of homosexuality or transgender status requires an employer to intentionally treat individual employees differently because of their sex, an employer who intentionally penalizes an employee for being homosexual or transgender also violates Title VII.” Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an employer who terminates an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This ruling resolves a lower circuit split on how to define the term “sex” as it is written in the statute – specifically examining whether Congress intended the word to provide protections for gay and transgender employees. Today the SCOTUS took one step further towards equality in ruling that it does. The ruling comes at the end of the Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 session and in the middle of Pride month, celebrating LGBTQ individuals.
The WBAI celebrates this step forward in the battle for LGBTQ equality, and stands proudly with its LGTBQ members and allies!