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In case with far-reaching implications, Supreme Court will rule on whether LGBT status is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act


This case is scheduled to be heard when the high court reconvenes for its next term in October.


The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether or not the Civil Rights Act needs further clarification to include LGBT people specifically as a protected class.

What's the background?

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin." The question before the Supreme Court now is whether or not this protection for employers against sex-based discrimination already extends to sexual orientation, making it a protected class.

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