Title VII Bars Sexual Orientation Bias, 7th Circ. Rules

By Diana Novak Jones (April 4, 2017, 6:36 PM EDT) -- In a landmark opinion Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to extend the protections afforded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The decision gives Kimberly Hively — who brought the case against her employer, Ivy Tech Community College — and other gay and lesbian people the right to sue over what they perceive as discriminatory employment practices based on their sexual orientation. (AP) The 8-3 decision, which came after the court held a rare en banc hearing in Indiana professor Kimberly Hively's case against former...

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