Court Interprets Title VII Language as Protective of Gay and Transgender Workers
On June 15th, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the language of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and sex, also applies to gay and transgender workers.
Justice Gorsuch, who wrote the majority opinion, stated that “It is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.” The Supreme Court’s decision will allow employees who feel they have been discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity to file a charge of discrimination and subsequent lawsuit. According to the Court, “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”
Although many states already have laws in place prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, this decision creates protection under federal law, so long as the employer meets the 15 or more employee standard for Title VII coverage. If you or someone you know believe that you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, please call KC Hopkinson or James Thompson at Thompson Legal Center. You can reach us at 813-769-3900, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jim has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and KC has been recognized as a Rising Star in employment law. We are here to help guide you on your path to justice! Call us today for your free confidential consultation!