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23rd June 2020

US Supreme Court rules employers cannot discriminate against LGBTQ+ workers

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The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday 15th June that existing Federal laws forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status, which is a major victory against Trump and his attempted downgrading of LGBTQ+ rights.

This decide by the Court was a major victory for advocates of LGBTQ+ rights and for the nascent transgender rights movement — and a surprising one from an increasingly conservative court.  By a vote of 6-3, the court said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation. 

Across the United Status, 21 states have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Seven more provide that protection only to public employees. Those laws remain in force, but Monday's ruling means federal law now provides similar protection for LGBTQ employees in the rest of the country, even in those States where local legislation doesn’t apply.