A UN Independent Expert thinks that the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on firing a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is “extremely positive” for the LGBT community, said a UN News report.
UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, commented that the ruling is, “a very significant step towards breaking the cycle of discrimination that often condemns lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender-diverse persons to social exclusion, and ultimately, to poverty”.
Madrigal-Borloz stated that “the judgment will have an extremely positive impact” in addressing social and economic issues that relate to gender identity. These, he thinks are fundamental in addressing the “root causes of violence and discrimination” against the LGBT people.
On Monday, in a historic moment for the LGBT community, the US Supreme Court passed a court ruling that states, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity are prohibited under the federal civil rights law, said an ABC news report.
Neil Gorsuch, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States wrote, “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender firest the person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Gorsuch together with Chief Justice John G. Robers Jr joined the liberals in the 6-3 ruling. They said that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sex is inseparable from sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to the ABC report, the court ruling is the most “significant affirmation” of the LGBT rights in the United States as it is the Court’s first decision that addresses transgender civil rights.
The court’s decision addressed the cases of three people, two gay men and one transgender woman who were fired from their jobs due to matters relating to their sexual orientation and gender identity.