It was a win for civil rights in favor of LGBT workers when the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a law that protects LGBT individuals from discrimination in the workplace. On June 15, 2020, the court ruled in favor of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a 6-3 margin. This provision would bar discrimination towards any LGBT individual and prohibits employers from firing or disfavouring them based on their gender identity or sexual preference.
Ever since conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh was put in office, a handful of Americans were worried that progress when it comes to LGBT rights would come to a halt. However, with the court ruling, the decision has made history for the LGBT community making it one of the most significant employment laws for over 22 years.
“Notwithstanding my concern about the Court’s transgression of the Constitution’s separation of powers, it is appropriate to acknowledge the important victory achieved today by gay and lesbian Americans. Millions of gay and lesbian Americans have worked hard for many decades to achieve equal treatment in fact and in law,” Kavanaugh said. He did, however, vote against the law.
The decision was made after investigation of 3 separate but related cases pertaining to the dismissal of two men who were gay and another case involving the firing or a trans woman after revealing to her then-employer that she will fully transition after coming back from a vacation in 2013.