Youth Activism Society
A Win for the LGBTQ+ Community by Sofi Leveratto
This Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a new civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. Until Monday’s decision, it was legal in more than half of the states to fire workers who were gay, bisexual or transgender. The consequential decision extended workplace projections to millions of people across the nation. This new law added to a series of supreme court victories for gay rights even after President Trump transformed the court. However, even when the Supreme Court established same-sex marriage in 2015, workplace discrimination remained lawful in most states. The Trump administration had the court to rule against gay and transgender workers. This is a huge victory for the LGBTQ+ community. Before this new law, nearly half the states had no legal production for LGBTQ+ employees. Now the federal law will protect employees in those states from firing and other adverse employment decisions made on the basis of their sexual orientation and or gender identity.