It’s No Longer Legal to Fire Someone for Being LGBTQ, Supreme Court Rules

Before today, LGBTQ staff could be fired in the majority of U.S. states without recourse

Today's decision marks the first federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. Getty Images

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.

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