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Supreme Court Ruling Cements, Expands Longstanding Protections for LGBTQ Feds

June 16, 2020

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Sweeping nature of decision will make it harder for agencies to deny discrimination against gay and transgender employees.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a historic ruling ensuring civil rights law protects gay and transgender individuals, a decision that will strengthen protections federal employees have held for decades through executive orders.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as race, color, national origin, religion and age, includes inequity based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision on Bostock v. Clayton County.

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