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The Supreme Court ruled today that gender identity and sexual orientation should be included as protected classes under the employment section of Civil Rights Act. Before now, not only was it legal to fire someone for being LGBTQ in the majority of U.S. states, but LGBTQ people were not protected under any federal nondiscrimination laws.
The court’s ruling only covers Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which refers to discrimination in employment. That means while LGBTQ Americans now have marriage rights and employment protections nationwide, there are still no federal protections from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, or banking and credit services.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the first of President Donald Trump’s two appointments to the bench, wrote the Supreme Court’s opinion.
“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.