Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ+ Protected From Workplace Discrimination in All 50 USA States

Published on Thursday July 2nd, 2020 by WCS

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court declared that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will protect LGBTQ+ employees from workplace discrimination nationwide.

A Historic Victory That Was Decades in the Making

Previously, only half of the USA had laws that protected LGBTQ+ in the workplace. While California and about 20 other states honored anti-discrimination regarding one’s sexual or gender identity, many other states in the South and Midwest lacked this.

“When I was fired seven years ago [for joining a gay softball league], I was devastated. Today we can go to work without the fear of being fired for who we are and who we love.” Gerald Bostom lost his job as a Child Advocate; when he took his case to court, he lost in the federal courts of Georgia.

Likewise, just two weeks ago, tens of millions of workers were without protection against workplace discrimination.

The ruling won with a 6-3 ruling and marks one of the most positive advances forward in recent decades regarding civil rights.

As of June 15, 2020, the following is illegal in all 50 USA states:

  • Firing employees due to their sexual or gender identity
  • Not hiring LGBTQ+ candidates simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity

“This is a landmark victory for LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “No one should be denied a job or fired simply because of who they are or whom they love. For the past two decades, federal courts have determined that discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ status is unlawful discrimination under federal law. Today’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court affirms that view.”

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We stand with positive progression forward.

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