U.S. Supreme Court Rules Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Protected Under Title VII
On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the provision in Title VII protecting individuals in the workplace “because of sex” includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Court issued this opinion on three consolidated cases Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., Bostock v. Clayton County, and EEOC v. R.G. &. G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc.
Specifically, the Court stated in its opinion that “it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.” The Court further explained that “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.” The Court therefore concluded that “sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Clear Law Institute has already updated our online sexulal harassment training to include this new U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Thousands of employers rely on Clear Law Institute to provide online sexual harassment training to their employees across the country because our training:
- Complies with federal law and the laws in all 50 states
- Provides users with the ability to ask questions and have those questions answered
- Is kept up-to-date with any changes in the law at no additional charge
- Utilizes cutting-edge instructional design principles and learning games
- Efficiently tracks who has and who has not completed the training each year, as handled by Clear Law’s Learning Management System. This prevents employers from having to collect and track certificates manually.