Minnesota, like all other states, has been swept up in the recent ruling that has allowed gay marriage to become legal across the country. However, many people still faced discrimination for their sexual orientation, which was a big concern for some until very recently.
In yet another step forward, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently ruled that it is illegal to discriminate against people in the workplace due to their sexual orientation. This also covers potential discrimination in areas such as education and housing as well. Prior to this decision, it was legal for people in the LGBT spectrum to be discriminated against at work. However, it is now considered outlawed under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Sexual orientation is not directly mentioned in Title VII. However, it was determined that sexual orientation still counts as sex discrimination. This is because sexual orientation cannot be properly discussed, understood or defined unless references to sex are used. Many people believe that this step forward will pave the way to other equalities for people of the LGBTQA spectrum in the future.
The road ahead still leaves a lot of room for improvement. However, this step forward is good news for anyone in the work force who fear that they may be discriminated against. Now, those who face discrimination can turn to attorneys to get the protection they deserve. They will be able to legally protect themselves from unfair persecution and discrimination, and therefore they will be able to work more at ease.
Source: Fortune, “Firing for sexual orientation is illegal, says EEOC,” Chris Matthews, July 17, 2015