EEOC Reaffirms Title VII Protections For LGB Workers

By Kurt Orzeck (July 16, 2015, 10:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has affirmed that discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation is prohibited under Title VII, in a ruling released Thursday that the American Civil Liberties Union called a "monumental" decision.

The EEOC reversed a previous agency decision that dismissed a complaint of unlawful employment discrimination by an air traffic controller who claimed he wasn't hired for a managerial position because of his sexual orientation. The EEOC said it had wrongly decided that the suit was time-barred.

The agency's new ruling means that anyone who works for an employer with 15 or more employees can file...

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