In a landmark ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court has upheld that Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to sexual orientation and gender identity as well. This ruling was unexpected and long overdue- a major victory for equality in the workplace!
According to this ruling, employers are no longer permitted to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In the words of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."
So what does this mean for employers? For most of us, not much. As long as you're firing individuals because of reasons like performance issues, nothing will change. However, for those who want to fire someone simply based on being transgender or homosexual, you could face consequences.
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