The John Rothmann Show: Equality for LGBTQ Employees


Supreme Court Grants Equality for LGBTQ in Workplace

John explains what this historic ruling means.

“I woke up this morning and I immediately flipped on the radio. I heard the story about the Supreme Court ruling that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees. A major gay rights ruling written by one of the court’s most conservative justices. It was Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the court’s liberals in a six to three ruling. They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination because of sex includes LGBTQ employees.”

“Gorsuch wrote, 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 different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what title seven forbids.”

“This is a huge victory for LGBTQ. The Supreme Court clarification that it’s unlawful to fire people because they are LGBTQ is the result of decades of advocates fighting for our rights. The court has caught up to the majority of our country, which already knows that discrimination against LGBTQ people is both unfair and against the law. You understand, for 50 years, the courts interpreted Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination because of sex, to mean only that women could not be treated worse than men…not the discrimination on the basis of sex including LGBTQ people.”

 

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