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The United States Supreme Court prohibits sexual orientation layoffs

June 15, 2020

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the federal law prohibiting layoffs that are considered discriminatory, for example on grounds of sex, also covers sexual orientation, which is a symbolic and unexpected victory for LGBTI activism in the United States .

The Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority after the recent appointments, has approved lower-level penalties and interpreted that a worker cannot be dismissed for sexual orientation under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is already explicitly contemplated 21 states.

Conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and the President of the Court, John Roberts, took the side of the progressive minority to turn the balance in favor of the latter – six against three votes.

The United States Supreme Court prohibits sexual orientation layoffsThe United States Supreme Court prohibits sexual orientation layoffs

The ruling recognizes the rights of Gerald Bostock, who lost his job in Georgia after joining a gay-only softball team, and Donald Zarda, who died before his case reached the Supreme Court and then a parachutist Tell a customer not to worry because she is “one hundred percent gay,” reports NBC News.