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US Supreme Court rules LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination

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Washington: The US Supreme Court has ruled on Monday (June 15) that a Federal Civil Rights law from the 1960s protects the rights of gay and transgender workers. Justice Neil M Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr joined the court in 6-3 ruling and 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 and transgender status.

“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear,” Gorsuch wrote in the opinion. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”

“The Supreme Court’s clarification that it’s unlawful to fire people because they’re LGBTQ is the result of decades of advocates fighting for our rights,” said James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project. “The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discriminating against LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law.”

President Trump in the white house called the decision ‘very powerful’. He said, “They’ve ruled and we live with their decision. That’s what it’s all about, we live with the decision of the Supreme Court.” Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, said, “The decision gives us hope that as a country we can unite for the common good and continue the fight for LGBTQ acceptance.”

“This is a simple and profound victory for L.G.B.T. civil rights,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, a law professor at Columbia. Taylor Swift tweeted on June 15, “YES!! Thank you to the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favour and all the advocates who have fought so hard for this! We still have a long way to go to reach equality, but this is a beautiful step forward.”

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