Supreme Court to take on landmark case

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Supreme Court to take on landmark case

Panorama of the west facade of United States Supreme Court Building at dusk in Washington, D.C., USA.

Panorama of the west facade of United States Supreme Court Building at dusk in Washington, D.C., USA.

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Panorama of the west facade of United States Supreme Court Building at dusk in Washington, D.C., USA.

Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Panorama of the west facade of United States Supreme Court Building at dusk in Washington, D.C., USA.

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The Supreme Court has recently decided to take on a case to decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes protections against LGBT people in the workplace.

Currently, there are no clear laws against discrimination of LGBT people, but the plaintiff side will be arguing under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Title VII prohibits “discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.”

Donald Trump’s administration will be taking the opposing side, saying that it is legal to discriminate against LGBT people.  The plaintiff will be a combination of two cases Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clay County, GA.  Each case dealt with people being fired from their job because of their sexual orientation, but each came to differing conclusions.

If the Court concludes that it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, it would be a serious blow to the Trump administration who are responsible for the transgender ban in the military.  However, it’s hard to predict the outcome with a largely conservative Court after the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Judge Neil Gorsuch.

This Supreme Court case will be a landmark decision and set the precedent for future lawsuits and cases as well as clear up any confusion people may have about Title VII.

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