Justice Department Files Brief Arguing Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation
On Wednesday July 26 2017 “the Department of Justice told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in court papers [an amicus brief] Wednesday that sexual orientation is not covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination “based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”
“The DOJ filed the brief in the case of Donald Zarda, who had filed suit against his former employer Altitude Express in a case that questions whether sexual orientation is included in Title VII’s protections.”
In April 2017, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled discrimination because of sexual orientation is included in the Civil Rights Act. However, in March 2017 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.