The American Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act LGBTQ employees are protected from workplace discrimination. It is depressing that in 2020 this is even a controversial or news worthy event. This ruling comes three days after Trump removed protections for transgender patients from discrimination in healthcare.
This rule was written by conservative Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed by Trump in April 2017. This bill is in direct contrast to the direction of the Trump administration. Gorsuch stated that: “At bottom, the employers’ argument unavoidably comes down to a suggestion that sex must be the sole or primary cause of an adverse employment action for Title VII liability to follow. And, as we’ve seen, that suggestion is at odds with everything we know about the statute.” Those who dissented were Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh. Monday’s decision is unlikely to be the last time this issue is deliberated within the Supreme Court.
There is an estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers throughout America, and most states did not protect these individuals from workplace discrimination. Hopefully this is a step in a more inclusive direction for the United States of America.