The Verdict is in: Supreme Court Rules on Title VII Protections


On June 15th, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition against sex-based discrimination in employment set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination.

The Court stated that “an employer violates Title VII when it intentionally fires an individual employee based in part on sex”, and “an individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions”. This ruling essentially safeguards employees from being terminated based on LGBTQ identification.

This significant ruling provides employment protections beyond firing practices, as Title VII prohibits discrimination against workers based on protected characteristics with respect to terms and conditions of employment including hiring, firing, laying off, training or disciplining.


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