The Supreme Court has ruled this morning that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act.
The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation. It upheld rulings from lower courts that said sexual orientation discrimination was a form of sex discrimination.
Across the nation, 21 states have their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Seven more provide that protection only to public employees. Those laws remain in force, but Monday’s ruling means federal law now provides similar protection for LGBT employees in the rest of the country.
Surprisingly, the vote was 6-3 - Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion with Roberts, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. Alito, Thomas, and Kavanaugh dissented.
According to Wikipedia:
"North Carolina outlaws discrimination based on religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment, but discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are not prohibited statewide in private employment, however it is against the law to sue in state courts for such discrimination. State law bans local municipalities from prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in areas other than public employment."