Workplace Equity

Supreme Court Says Federal Nondiscrimination Statute Protects LGBTQ Workers

In one of the most anticipated employment decisions of the year, the high court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title VII already prohibits employers from discriminating based on color, national origin, race, religion and sex, but the June 15 decision clarifies that the definition of sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

SHRM applauded the Supreme Court for its ruling that makes it clear that employment discrimination on the basis of an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal.

“The ruling provides much-needed clarity and finality on the Court’s interpretation of Title VII’s protections, giving HR professionals clear guidance and a greater opportunity to create a world of work that works for all,” said SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Read more about the latest Supreme Court Ruling.