Federal appeals court rules the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from discrimination

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT+ people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The ruling means that the Supreme Court will likely soon consider the issue, as another appeals court issued a contradictory ruling just three weeks ago.

Out Leadership partner organization Lambda Legal represented Kimberly Hively, who sued Ivy Tech Community Collage, alleging that she was not hired for a full-time position due to her sexual orientation.

Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal said: “This decision is game changer for lesbian and gay employees facing discrimination in the workplace and sends a clear message to employers: it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.”

In a concurring decision, Judge Richard Posner wrote: “I don’t see why firing a lesbian because she is in the subset of women who are lesbian should be thought any less a form of sex discrimination than firing a woman because she’s a woman.”

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