Federal Law Prohibits Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that the broad protections from workplace discrimination in Title VII extend to gay and transgender employees, ruling that such discrimination is on the basis of sex. For the first time, every worker in the United States can enjoy protection from workplace discrimination for being gay or transgender. The Court ruled 6-3, with the majority opinion authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Trump.

“An employer who fired 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 Gorsuch wrote for the court. “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids. Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result,” he wrote, adding, “but the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands.”

Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC has long fought to protect clients from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination because of a person’s sexual orientation.  We are pleased that such conduct is now illegal and will no longer be tolerated anywhere in the United States. If you have questions about how this ruling applies to you, please contact one of our Pennsylvania employment lawyers today to schedule an appointment. Call us today at 610-594-1600 or contact us online to get started.

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