Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Federal Judge Rules Civil Rights Law Covers LGBT Workplace Bias

A positive ruling but given how precarious LGBT rights are these days, I wouldn't go celebrating at your local Cracker Barrel just yet.

The Associated Press reports:
A federal appeals court in Chicago on Tuesday ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The decision by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes just three weeks after a three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled the opposite, saying employers aren't prohibited from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. It also comes as President Donald Trump's administration has begun setting its own policies on LGBT rights. Late in January, the White House declared Trump would enforce an Obama administration order barring companies that do federal work from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual identity. But in February, it revoked guidance on transgender students' use of public school bathrooms, deferring to states.
See you in the Supreme Court!

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