Supreme court rules in favor of LGBTQ+ workers in historic case

Mickey Lonner, AVT EIC

On June 15, 2020, the US Supreme Court ruled that LGBT employees cannot be fired due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. 

The decision was 6-3, with the court’s four liberal justices as well as two conservative-leaning justices voting to protect LGBT workers. Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee, joined the majority. 

Before this landmark case, LGBT workers were not protected from descrimination by law and could be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Although it has been ruled that workers cannot face descrimination for their race, sex, age, religion, or national origin, LGBT workers benefited from no such protections. 

“I’m very happy that this ruling came to pass. I know that Trump has been trying to take away some laws, like saying that gay couples can’t adopt, but this is definitely a major victory for the LGBT community, and I’m really happy that it was passed,” says Sierra Deaver, (‘21.)

This ruling is a defeat for the Trump administration, which has previously argued that the Civil Rights Act does not extend to LGBT workers.

Additionally, the Trump Administration has put restrictions in place for transgender troops in the military, and is currently trying to remove health care rights for transgender people and restrict LGBT adoption. 

“I’m an optimist, and I think that in general the world is always moving forward. I know there will be more setbacks and struggles. There will always be loopholes, and I think employers will have to be more creative with discrimination. Still, I think this is a big step forward for the community as a whole,” says Anonymous

Amador’s campus is incredibly diverse, with a lively GSA and plenty of students who identify as LGBT. For LGBT students nearing graduation, it’s a relief to know that their future employment is protected by law. 

“I’m moving to a moderately conservative part of Washington state, and I’m grateful that the ruling will help protect my future employment opportunities as they arise in the next few years. It’s nice to know that I won’t be refused an employment opportunity because of my sexual orientation,” says Amador graduate Alexander Prevost.

This landmark case will affect the lives of LGBT workers for decades to come.