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Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation

The significance to churches and religious schools and colleges.

Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation
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In a 6–3 decision, the United States Supreme Court on June 15, 2020, ruled that an employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender engages in “sex” discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This article will review the facts of the case, summarize the Court’s decision, and assess its significance to churches and other religious organizations.

The facts

The case involved three plaintiffs.

One plaintiff worked for a Georgia county as a child welfare advocate. Under his leadership, the county won national awards for its work. After a decade with the county, he began participating in a gay recreational softball league. Not long after that, influential members of the community allegedly made disparaging comments about his sexual orientation and participation in the league. Soon, he was fired for conduct “unbecoming” ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • June 15, 2020

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