The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago recently ruled that the prohibitions on gender discrimination includes discrimination against LGBT employees in the workplace. The Court’s decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is a significant ruling for several reasons, but importantly, for the first time, a full federal appeals court has interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits gender-based discrimination, to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The 7th Circuit relied, in part, on recent decisions by the Supreme Court regarding gay rights. It is likely that this decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court, so it is unclear what will happen in the next several years.
In the meantime, if you feel that you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to sexual orientation, Cade Law Group is ready to help you protect your rights. Contact us today for a no-charge consultation.