Appeals Court Rules Employers Can’t Fire People Based on Sexual Orientation

A federal appellate court has concluded that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The landmark case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit stated that it took into account developments at the Supreme Court over the last two decades when reaching its decision. This is a departure from other U.S. courts of appeals’ traditional stance that the prohibition against sex discrimination excluded discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation.

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