This is an important shift in workplace ethics standards in the United States. Basically, it reaffirms the basic principle that people should not be discriminated against for things that are a) beyond their control and b) irrelevant to the work they do. (Note: that’s a quick ethical analysis, not a piece of legal analysis!) U.S. law already said so — and here the Supreme Court said that sexual orientation and gender identity fall into that category, just like race and sex.
LINK: U.S. Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers are covered by landmark civil rights law (by xxx for CBC)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights, ruling that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.
The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.
In the new ruling, the justices decided that gay and transgender people are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, colour, national origin and religion…..
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