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Federal Appeals Court: LGBTQ Protected at Work Too

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago recently ruled, 8 to 3, that under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sex discrimination in the workplace also covers discrimination against LGBTQ employees.


Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote the majority opinion, saying, "It is actually impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without discriminating on the basis of sex.” Although the Seventh Circuit has jurisdiction over only Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, gay rights advocates see the decision as a workplace victory for America’s gay and lesbian community.


This ruling is a defeat for states that allow employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.



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