SCOTUS Makes Historic LGBTQ Workplace Equality Ruling

In a surprise ruling for equality, the U.S. Supreme Court said on June 15 that LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For the 6-3 vote, Justice Neil Gorsuch (CC’88) wrote, “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” Here, Suzanne Goldberg, co-director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Sexuality and Gender Law, who filed an amicus brief in the case, discusses the landmark ruling.

“This is a simple and profound victory for LGBT civil rights,” said Goldberg. “Many of us feared that the court was poised to gut sex discrimination protections and allow employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, yet it declined the federal government’s invitation to take that damaging path.”