(Washington, D.C.) The Supreme Court ruled on behalf of three LGBTQ employees who were fired explicitly because of their sexual orientation or gender identity by their respective employers. Siding with decades of legal precedent, the Court ruled in favor of the employees who argued such discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex.
The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:
“This ruling is a historic affirmation of the humanity and dignity deserved by every person regardless of who they are or who they love. Women across the country know the harsh reality of letting gender roles be dictated by those in power, and you cannot police the lives of LGBTQ women without restricting the lives of all women. It is in that spirit that we will continue our fight for the Equality Act to permanently and clearly enshrine the right of every person to control their own destiny and their own identity without fear of prejudice.”