Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ workers are protected by federal law. Title 7 of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. This ruling, which upheld a lower courts decision, reaffirms that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. The vote was 6 to3 with Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts joining the courts liberal judges in the the decision.
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.” Justice Neil Gorsuch was quoted as saying.
Kavanaugh wrote in dissent that the court was rewriting the law to include gender identity and sexual orientation, a job that belongs to Congress. Still, Kavanaugh said the decision represents an “important victory achieved today by gay and lesbian Americans.”