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What the SCOTUS Ruling on LGBTQ Rights Means for Employers

We're in the middle of Pride Month, and the Supreme Court of the US just issued a landmark ruling finding that Title VII protects the rights of LGBTQ workers! Read on to find out how your HR department should update your corporate non-discrimination language to be inclusive of your LGBTQ employees.

"The U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on LGBTQ employment rights on Monday, delivering a major victory to LGBTQ advocates.

"The landmark 6-3 decision affirmed that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is considered sex discrimination, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court essentially ruled that private and public employers cannot hire, fire or promote LGBTQ individuals based solely on their LGBTQ status, a right that had long been granted to workers based on race, religion, sex, color and national origin.

"The ruling came in Bostock v. Clayton County, a consolidation of three cases in which appellate judges differed on the matter of whether Title VII protected LGBTQ employees. Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Trump, wrote the opinion, which came as a surprise to many pundits; he was joined by swing vote Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices."

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