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Blockbuster LGBTQ Ruling Tees Up Religious Defenses

Law360 (June 16, 2020, 10:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that federal law forbids discrimination against gay and transgender workers left the door open for certain employers to mount religious defenses to bias claims, setting the stage for a new wave of legal battles over LGBTQ rights in the workplace.

Though Justice Neil Gorsuch alluded to employers' religious concerns near the close of the landmark 6-3 ruling that Title VII's ban on sex-based bias covers sexual orientation and gender identity, he declined to delve into them. But as LGBTQ workers file job discrimination claims in the ruling's wake, other courts will.

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