The United States Supreme Court Grants Protection to LGBTQ Workers

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“In plain English, this means that if you are discriminated against or harassed at work on account of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you can bring a Title VII claim against your employer.”

The United States Supreme Court in a landmark ruling granted protections to LGBTQ workers. This decision extends coverage to what is estimated to be almost 5% of the workforce that identifies as LGBTQ. The ruling is a major expansion of the 1964 law protecting workers from discrimination on the basis of sex.

“For too many years, employers were able to discriminate against homosexual and transgender workers on the basis of their sex,” San Antonio employment attorney Lawrence Morales II said. “This is an enormous win for workers who just want to earn a living and not fear they may lose their job due to their sex or identity.”

Specifically, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that homosexual and transgender employees are protected from workplace discrimination. The majority opinion held that “The answer is clear. 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.” Indeed, “it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

San Antonio attorney Justin Hill added, “In plain English, this means that if you are discriminated against or harassed at work on account of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you can bring a Title VII claim against your employer.”

Attorneys Morales and Hill said they both expect to get calls from workers that were fired or discriminated against and want to know if they have claims in light of this ruling. Both of them plan to represent members of the LGBTQ community that suffered discrimination.

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