US Supreme Court endorses gay, transgender worker protections

Published June 15, 2020
The ruling was authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by US President Donald Trump. — AFP
The ruling was authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by US President Donald Trump. — AFP

The US Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights, ruling that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.

The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

In the new ruling, the justices decided that gay and transgender people are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, colour, national origin and religion.

Workplace bias against gay and transgender employees has remained legal in much of the country, with 28 US states lacking comprehensive measures against employment discrimination.

The rulings — in two gay rights cases from Georgia and New York and a transgender rights case from Michigan — recognise new worker protections in federal law.

The ruling was authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by US President Donald Trump.

Trump's administration had opposed the LGBT workers in the litigation.

Chief Justice John Roberts, another conservative, was also in the majority, along with the court's four liberals

Opinion

Editorial

Dark days
Updated 26 May, 2022

Dark days

The PTI, on its part, does not seem to have been prepared to face such a large deployment of state machinery.
26 May, 2022

No room for dissent

WHILE political turmoil roils the land, a number of incidents over the past few days have demonstrated that though...
26 May, 2022

Harassing passengers

REPORTS of the confiscation of personal items from passengers’ private luggage by customs officials at Karachi’s...
Back to bedlam
Updated 25 May, 2022

Back to bedlam

FEAR tactics have never worked in the past, and most likely will not this time either. The government’s ...
25 May, 2022

Balochistan blaze

THE forest fire on the Koh-i-Sulaiman range in Balochistan’s Shirani area is among a series of blazes to have...
25 May, 2022

Unequal citizens

INDIFFERENCE would have been bad enough, but the state’s attitude towards non-Muslims falls squarely in the...