On June 15, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. The decision was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch who wrote the opinion in the 6-3 ruling. The decision states, “An employer who fires and individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law”. This put Federal law on that issue in line with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which has outlawed workplace discrimination against LGBTQ individuals since 1989. In Massachusetts, it has been illegal to discriminate against individuals in the workplace based upon the persons membership in a “protected class”, which includes a persons race, national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. While most employees are “employees at will”, they cannot be discriminated against in the workplace.
At Stillman & Associates we have been representing individuals who were discriminated against for years. If you feel that your rights in the workplace were violated give us a call.