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3 Takeaways From 7th Circ.'s Watershed Gay Bias Ruling

Law360, New York (April 5, 2017, 8:55 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday became the first appeals court in the country to find Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a historic en banc decision attorneys say will be felt far outside the circuit's bounds.

The judges voted 8-3 to overturn precedent that allows employers to discriminate against workers on the basis of their sexuality, remanding to Indiana federal court teacher Kimberly Hively's suit alleging Ivy Tech Community College passed her over for jobs because she is a lesbian.

The ruling opens a circuit split that may not...

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