Federal Appeals Court Rules Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers

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A rainbow flag is waved in front of San Francisco City Hall,  (Photo by Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Ruling in favor of a skydiving instructor who was fired because he is gay, the court held that the Civil Rights Act's ban on sex discrimination extended not just to biological sex but also to sexual orientation. We discuss the ruling and its implications.


Matthew Coles, constitutional law professor, UC Hastings; former deputy national legal director, American Civil Liberties Union