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SCOTUS: LGBTQ Workers Protected Against Workplace Discrimination

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(Washington, DC) — The Supreme Court is handing LGBTQ workers a big win by extending the federal civil rights protection in workplace to all LGBTQ employees. The Supreme Court declared Monday that the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination.

That means people can’t be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The ruling was split, 6-3. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch ruled with the high court’s four liberals. Gorsuch wrote the landmark majority opinion. He was President Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee in 2017. The Trump administration argued against that premise. The sweeping Civil Rights Law was passed in 1964. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.