On Monday, the Supreme Court will decide if federal gender discrimination laws protect the gender identity and sexual orientation of individuals. Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against the sex of the worker. Some states, however, do offer protection to transgender and homosexual workers. In regard to the federal law, it is undecided if the law encompasses both groups of individuals and will be up for debate. Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Obama administration agreed that the law is broad enough to cover workers and their gender identities and sexual orientations while the Trump administration believes the opposite. Several employment cases involving instances of discrimination regarding the workers’ gender identities and sexual orientations will be heard in the next few months by the Supreme Court.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not specifically state that the law protects the gender identity and sexual orientation of workers at the time of its enactment. Without further examination by the Supreme Court, though, the law does not dispel that transgendered and homosexual workers be entitled to receive the same protection as heterosexual males and females. Any worker facing discrimination due to their gender must know that they are protected from this type of toxic behavior, and hopefully the Supreme Court will clarify the law or amend it as needed.
If you experienced gender discrimination at your job, contact our Philadelphia discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case review. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey from our offices in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey.