Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed News:
The Trump administration took its hardest line yet to legalize anti-gay discrimination on Friday when it asked the Supreme Court to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on their sexual orientation. An amicus brief filed by the DOJ weighs in on two cases involving gay workers and what is meant by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination “because of sex.”
The administration argues courts nationwide should stop reading the civil rights law to protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers from bias because it was not originally intended to do so. That view conflicts with some lower court rulings that found targeting someone for their sexual orientation is an illegal form of both sex discrimination and sex stereotyping under Title VII.
JUST IN — Trump admin told Supreme Court it's legal to discriminate against workers for being gay, lesbian, or bisexual, saying Title VII of Civil Rights Act 1964 cannot apply to sexual orientation. This follows brief targeting trans workers. Full story: https://t.co/wt597bA0dv
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