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Can you be fired for being gay or transgender? Supreme Court rules no!

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination. In this landmark Silhouettes of People Holding Gay Pride Symbol FLagdecision, the Court resolved a dispute between the lower courts on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits sexual orientation discrimination.  Read the full opinion here.

Title VII prohibits employers with 15 or more employees in the current or preceding year from taking adverse employment actions against employees because of a protected characteristic–such as race, sex, color, national origin, and religion. An adverse employment action includes termination, unwarranted discipline, failure to promote, etcetera.  Title VII also prevents harassment based on these recognized protected characteristics.

Have you been discriminated against in the workplace because of or based on your sexual orientation? If so, to pursue a claim, you must file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300 days of when you knew or should have known of the discrimination.