In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a breakthrough decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. The decision held that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status is prohibited as part of sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One year later, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published resources to help educate employers, employees, and job applicants on their rights concerning sexual orientation and gender identity at work.
While many states do not currently have anti-discrimination laws that protect their residents from discrimination (such as employment discrimination) based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Bostock decision extends anti-discrimination law on the federal level to LGBTQ+ workers in all fifty states.
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