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A Win For LGBTQ Employees At The Supreme Court

On Monday, the US Supreme Court released a decision that says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.
On Monday, the US Supreme Court released a decision that says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.

LGBTQ workers cannot be fired on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a Monday ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s three liberal justices in the 6-3 decision. They ruled that a 1964 federal law that prevents sex discrimination in the workplace extends to LGBTQ people.

Writing for Slate, Mark Joseph Stern analyzed the ruling.

It is a victory for the country because, in one fell swoop, the court granted vital protections to LGBTQ people in every state, making the United States a fairer, freer place. It is a victory for the court because the decision is an encouraging sign that the justices can still practice neutral and responsible jurisprudence without partisan influence. The six-justice majority was able to set aside its own potential biases and deliver an unequivocal endorsement of simple, rather obvious legal theory. By following the most straightforward path, the court reached a historic result that brings millions of LGBTQ people closer to full equality under the law.

Find the court’s opinion here.

We talk about what this ruling means for the court and for the country.

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