|Supreme Court verdict on LGBT workers' rights|
This verdict is based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects workers against discrimination on the basis of (race, religion, national origin or) sex.
The Court argues that if the sex or gender of the gay plaintiffs were different, they would not have been sacked. This clearly shows that it is discrimination on the basis of their sex (or gender).
The Court used the same arguments in a case of a transgender woman, who was fired after she announced at her work that she would stop acting as a male, the gender that was mentioned on her original birth certificate.
It is remarkable that the majority of the judges in the Supreme Court who uphold this verdict includes Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
This Justice was appointed by Donald Trump and was believed to take a conservative stand in cases of discrimination.
Although some of the US states did provide legal protection against discrimination based on sexal orientation, gender identity or gender expression, this verdict means that a US-wide protection is now in place, or might even be in place since the Civil Rights Act came into force.
Unfortunately, only one of the plaintiffs is able to celebrate.
Gerald Bostock worked at the Junvenile Court in Clayton County, Georgia. In 2013 his superiors noticed that he had registered for the Hotlanta Softball League, a gay sports organisation. In June of that year, in spite of previous good performance records, his appointment was terminated all of a sudden, because of “conduct unbecoming of a county employee.” With the dismissal he also lost his health insurance; a terrible situation as he was just recovering from a cancer treatment.
Now he is the only survivor of the three, and whishes that he could celebrate this victory with his fellow plaintiffs.