Supreme Court affirms civil rights protections for LGBTQ workers

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2020 | Employment Law |

The workplace is no place to discriminate against LGBTQ workers and others, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June. By a 6-3 ruling, the court affirmed that federal employment law protections extend to those who identify as or may be perceived as transgendered, gay, lesbian or bisexual. The protections provided under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to LGBTQ workers in Colorado and ensures they cannot lose their jobs due to sexual orientation of transgendered status.

The ruling helps to protect jobs for an estimated 7 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers as well as about 1 million transgendered workers, the Williams Institute at UCLA reported. Just 22 states and Washington D.C. have employment laws protecting workers against discrimination based upon sexual preference. Only 21 states and Washington D.C. have laws protecting transgendered workers against unlawful firing. The Supreme Court ruling extends employment protections throughout the land.

The court said the employment protections affirm that workers who perform their jobs properly should enjoy protections against unlawful firings based solely upon discrimination. But for a fired worker’s sexual preference or gender identity, the job duties were fulfilled within reasonable expectations. That means there is no viable reason to fire such workers other than personal bias and discrimination, the court ruled.

While the Supreme Court’s ruling provides a great deal of protection for employees, it did not address related issues, such as workplace restrooms, dressing rooms and other locations that often are designated for use based on gender. The federal employment law ruling also does not address religious views as a basis for denying employment. Whenever workplace rights are violated, an attorney experienced in employment law can help to affirm worker rights, pay amounts and other job-related matters.