Supreme Court Holds LGBTQ+ Workers Protected Nationwide

June 17, 2020

In a landmark decision issued on Monday, Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court ruled that workers across the United States cannot be fired or otherwise discriminated against for being gay, lesbian, or transgender.  Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for a 6–3 majority, explained that Title VII’s prohibition of workplace discrimination “because of” an employee’s “sex” extends to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.  While Justice Gorsuch’s opinion lacked the celebratory tone of his predecessor Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent opinions safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights (for example, same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015), the result was the same: a major victory for millions of LGBTQ+ Americans.

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