İrem UZUN -TDO- The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBTQ rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, known as Title VII, that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBTQ workers.
The ruling resolves three cases brought by people who said they had been fired after their employers learned they were gay or transgender. Before the ruling, job discrimination against LGBTQ workers was still legal in much of the nation. Some 29 states currently allow some form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodation. Under the Trump administration many conservative state legislatures have advanced bills that target the rights of transgender people in particular. On Friday the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era healthcare protections for transgender Americans.
LGBTQ advocates hailed the decision. "Especially at a time when the Trump administration is rolling back the rights of transgender people and anti-transgender violence continues to plague our nation, this decision is a step towards affirming the dignity of transgender people and all LGBTQ people," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. "We cannot and should not go back to a time when people felt that had to hide who they are in order to feel safe at work," Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group, wrote on Twitter.