On a Recent Price of Business show, Host Kevin Price and guest Hassam Parzivand discussed the sweeping decision by the Supreme Court to expand Title VII and what that means to businesses, employees, and the nation as a whole.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is the law that protects individuals from discrimination based on sex, national orgin, race, color, and religion. In 1989, the Supreme Court decided that Title VII’s protections applied to cases where an individual did not conform to normative gender roles. For many years thereafter, individuals unsuccessfully argued that the sexual orientation of an individual should be covered under Supreme Court precedent regarding normative gender roles. Those arguments finally won the day in the most landmark decision regarding employment discrimination of this generation. Six supreme court justices signed on to an opinion by Justice Gorsuch that discrimination based on gender included discrmination based on sexual orientation. The strongest argument of the Respondents in the case was that the Title VII was not intended to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status at the time it was passed. Justice Gorsuch gave a strong answer to those critics stating:
Parzivand is an attorney in Houston, Texas that focuses on labor law. He is a long time contributor on the Price of Business show. Learn more about him at www.Parzfirm.com.
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