Supreme Court decides LGBTQ people are protected from job discrimination in landmark ruling

Supreme Court decides LGBTQ people are protected from job discrimination in landmark ruling
Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, has ruled that LGBTQ Americans can sue for workplace bias.


In the decision, the High Court ruled that federal anti-discrimination laws apply to LGBTQ workers. The opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, and was joined by the liberal minority on the Court to Chief Justice John Roberts.

According to NBC News reporter Pete Williams, this was a “surprising” decision in light of how much the Court has moved to the right.

“The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation,” Williams explained. “It upheld rulings from lower courts that said sexual orientation discrimination was a form of sex discrimination.”

Richard Wolf, who reports on Supreme Court matters for USA Today, described the ruling as a major victory for LGBTQ Americans.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in on the historic decision. Watch the video below.

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