Supreme Court Rules Firing LGBT Workers is Illegal

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled firing workers for LGBT is illegal. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

(WB) In a historic development, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday federal law bars discrimination against workers for being LGBT, affirming long-sought federal protections for LGBT people in the workplace.

According to SCOTUSblog, the 6-3 decision, written by U.S. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, determines anti-LGBT discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, thus prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“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 different sex,” Gorsuch reportedly writes. “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”

Joining Gorsuch in the majority was U.S Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Associate Justice Elena Kagan, U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and U.S. Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Dissenting were U.S. Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.