Individuals in New York who are concerned about gay rights should be aware of a recent ruling by the 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal appeals court in Atlanta, Ga. The three-judge panel ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not provide protections against workplace discrimination that is based on sexual orientation. The ruling is considered by gay rights advocates to be a setback in the expansion of workplace discrimination protections.
In April 2015, a woman filed a suit against her employer alleging that she was a victim of discrimination and was effectively forced out of her security guard job because she was a lesbian and did not adhere to gender norms. In the majority opinion for the decision, a visiting judge wrote that precedent established by a 1979 case that stated Title VII does not forbid termination for sexual orientation required that the court rule in the same manner.