In an opinion addressing three consolidated cases, the Supreme Court of the United States held that homosexual and transgender employees are subject to protections under Title VII against sex discrimination. The Court held that Title VII protects employees from actions based on sex. The Court derived from this that any employment action based on sex is unlawful. Thus, if a person of one sex is fired because they are attracted to the same sex, and the employer would not have taken that action if the employee was attracted to the opposite sex, the employer is in violation of Title VII because the action was taken based on sex. Similarly, if someone was born one sex but was fired because they identify as another, and the employer would not have taken that action if that person had been born as their identified sex, then that employer is in violation of Title VII because the action was taken based on sex.
Read the entire opinion here.
Attorney Angel did not represent the plaintiffs in this case, but he does represent clients in Title VII actions.