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Federal Court Rules Civil Rights Law Protects Gay Employees

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that workplace discrimination due to sexual orientation violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Posted at 3:04 PM, Feb 26, 2018

A federal court has decided a U.S. law that protects against discrimination in the workplace also applies to gay employees.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that workplace discrimination due to sexual orientation violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Title VII bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.

The case was filed back in 2010 by a skydiving instructor who said he was fired because he was gay.

The 2nd Circuit is only the second court to come to this decision.

Last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago also ruled that Title VII bans sexual orientation bias in the workplace.