Amend Title VII of the Civil Rights to CLEARLY protect sexual orientation

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In a recent case 15-3775 - Zarda vs Altitude Express, INC.  - the US Department of Justice has found that employees are not protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation in Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964.

The EEOC (which is an independent agency) believes that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The issue is that the courts have to interpret the 50+ year old act that does not clearly protect discrimination based on sexual orientation.

This petition aims to change these sections of Title VII: 

(a) Employer practices

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

 

To:  

...compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin; or

...adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

 

Helping to do this can clear all of the unknowns of whether the Civil Rights act legally protects discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.



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