Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of civil rights, rules US Appeals Court

The US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, also bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In this case, a gay worker had alleged that he had been dismissed from service after revealing his sexual orientation to a client. Vacating the lower court’s judgement against the plaintiff, the Court held that sexual orientation is a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Act, and asked the lower court to decide the case according to this interpretation of the Act.

Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. 15‐3775 (en banc)

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