SCOTUS Delivers Decisive Victories for LGBTQIA+ Equality at Work

Changing Laws & Policy, Equity, Federal Policy

In a major victory for LGBTQIA+ equality, the Supreme Court ruled today that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. By settling the question of whether individuals may be lawfully fired on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, the Supreme Court has made it clear that discrimination will not be tolerated in our workplaces.

In writing for the 6-3 majority, Justice Gorsuch wrote, “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision; exactly what Title VII forbids.”


Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, provided the following statement:

“We applaud this historic and decisive decision, which brings us one step closer to a world where no one lives in fear of losing their job simply because of who they are or who they love.

“By prohibiting sexual harassment at work, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has long been a cornerstone of the fight to realize safe, fair, and dignified work for everyone. It is a huge victory for all of us that the Court has now clearly held that discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression is unlawful throughout this country.”


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy and political arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.