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Written by attorney Meghan Uzzi Lehner | Nov 8, 2018

Court Rules Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation

In a historic decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers cannot discriminate against their employees based on sexual orientation. In an 8-3 decision, the Court ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This marks the first time that a Court has ruled that sexual orientation is specifically covered by Title VII’s protection against discrimination in the workplace.

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