Employer Considerations After Justices' LGBTQ Rights Ruling

By Stephanie Kaplan, Beth Connors and Natalie Alameddine (July 14, 2020, 1:40 PM EDT) -- On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a historic 6-3 decision, that gay, lesbian and transgender employees are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Justice Neil Gorsuch penned a decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia — and related cases Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — holding that employers are prohibited from discriminating against gay and transgender workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

At the time of the decision, the majority of states did not provide employment protections for these...

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