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Supreme Court rules gay workers protected from job discrimination

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

See | The New African Living Standard

Above, outer view of Supreme Court, MattWade, 2005, CC By SA 3.0 license.

As the debate over civil rights continues to escalate, the Supreme Court has ruled that civil rights laws protect L.G.B.T. workers from job discrimination. The new distinctions have been called a “historic” decision.  This was reported by the Associated Press within the last 24 hours. The Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects L.G.B.T. workers. This key provision is known as Title VII. Title VII bars job discrimination because of sex and various other reasons. The Supreme Court ruled that Title VII encompasses the L.G.B.T. community. Title VII includes gay, lesbian and transgender people in its provisions. 

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Justice Neil Gorsuch gave some close insights into the logic behind the new classifications of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII for L.G.B.T. rights. 

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” said Gorsuch, as he was quoted by the Associated Press. 

The text of Title VII is available via the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The text via the EEOC includes all amendments on the record. The text describes the unlawful discrimination against workers based on sex in some close detail. 

“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer, labor organization, employment agency, or joint labor-­management committee controlling apprenticeship or other training or retraining, including on­-the-­job training programs, to print or publish or cause to be printed or published any notice or advertisement relating to employment by such an employer or membership in or any classification or referral for employment by such a labor organization, or relating to any classification or referral for employment by such an employment agency, or relating to admission to, or employment in, any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training by such a joint labor­-management committee, indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, except that such a notice or advertisement may indicate a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, sex, or national origin when religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification for employment,” reads Title VII in SEC 2000e-3 [Section 704| in section b). 

Despite the fact that many of the L.G.B.T.Q. community celebrated the new distinction as a victory in the Courts, others were not quite pleased with the circumstances. Vocal members of the L.G.B.T. Q. community on Twitter noted that the vote was not unanimous, even in 2020. 

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Others, such as Michael Li of the Brennan Center, made a note to point out the relationship of the new protections for the L.G.B.T.Q. community with the African Americans who fought for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

“On this historic day for LGBT Americans, a reminder that we have Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only because of the struggle of Black Americans for equality,” said Michael Li in a tweet that was posted at 9:23 am one June 15. 

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