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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
Title VII covers sexual orientation, federal judge rules
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Title VII covers sexual orientation, federal judge rules

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge ruled on November 7 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion but does not explicitly include protections for LGBT people.

However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - the federal agency charged with enforcing federal laws related to the workplace - has ruled that the protected characteristic of sex logically includes sexual orientation.

In her ruling, US District Judge Cathy Bissoon explicitly endorsed the EEOC's interpretation. 'There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality,' she wrote.

'As the EEOC states, '[d]iscriminating against a person because of the sex of that person's romantic partner necessarily involves stereotypes about 'proper' roles in sexual relationships - that men are and should only be sexually attracted to women, not men.'

'That someone can be subjected to a barrage of insults, humiliation, hostility, and/or changes to the terms and conditions of their employment, based upon nothing more than the aggressor's view of what it means to be a man or a woman, is exactly the evil Title VII was designed to eradicate.'

The case involved Dale Baxley, a Gay employee at Scott Medical Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who charged that he had been subjected to harassment by his supervisor because of his sexual orientation.

Baxley says his supervisor consistently referred to him as a 'fag,' 'faggot,' 'fucking faggot,' and 'queer.'

His employer's attorneys did not deny the charges but argued that Baxley had no legal grounds for the lawsuit because there is no federal law outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Obama administration has argued that federal laws protecting sex also apply to sexual orientation and gender identity, however, and the EEOC ruled against the employer in this case.

Bissoon's ruling upholds the EEOC's view of the case.

'This is an important win for LGBTQ equality,' HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said.

'Judge Bissoon's decision affirms that discrimination against an individual based on their sexual orientation is fundamentally a form of discrimination based on sex - which is prohibited by federal law.

'We congratulate the EEOC and the plaintiff on this victory.'

Bissoon was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama in 2010 and was confirmed in 2011.

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