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Great Civil Rights News! LGBTQ+ Jobs Are Protected by Employment Civil Rights Law Says Supreme Court In 6 to 3 Decision After Trump Says He Will Take Health Care Civil Rights Away from Transgender People

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The Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 that Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ people from job discrimination in Bostock v. Clayton County.

Justice Neil Gorsuch held:

Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result. Likely, they weren’t thinking about many of the act’s consequences that have become apparent over the years, including its prohibition against discrimination on the basis of motherhood or its ban on the sexual harassment of male employees. But the limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands. When the express terms of a statute give us one answer and extratextual considerations suggest another, it’s no contest. Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/supreme-court-federal-law-protects-lgbtq-workers.html

The landmark civil rights ruling comes right after the Trump Administration announced it was taking civil rights protections away from transgender people’s health care.

Ed Kilgore writes in New York Magazine:

The scope and thus the impact of this decision is hard to overstate, aside from the immediate protections it offers for “approximately 1 million workers who identify as transgender and 7.1 million lesbian, gay and bisexual workers,” as CNN observes. Among other things, it will likely doom new proposed regulations from the Trump administration stripping health-care protections from transgender individuals, since it was explicitly based on Alito’s rejected interpretation of the language of discrimination according to sex:

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/supreme-court-federal-law-protects-lgbtq-workers.html
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